BIG WINNER: Racing NSW will invest $2m in a new all-weather track at the Ballina Jockey Club, with construction planned to commence later this year.
BIG WINNER: Racing NSW will invest $2m in a new all-weather track at the Ballina Jockey Club, with construction planned to commence later this year. Jay Cronan

$2m for new track at Ballina Jockey Club

RACING NSW is backing the Ballina Jockey Club to turn around its financial situation and is already planning to spend $2 million on a state-of-the-art all-weather race track.

Racing NSW CEO Peter V'landyssaid he was 100% confident once a new board was appointed the financial situation at Ballina Jockey Club could be turned around.

INVESTMENT: Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys.
INVESTMENT: Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys.

To solve the problem of race meetings being washed out, Mr V'landys said Racing NSW had plans to invest in a new all-weather track.

"We want to make a substantial $2 million investment at Ballina with a new all-weather track and once we get the club financial again we will make that investment," he said.

Mr V'landys said work on the all-weather track could start later this year or early 2014.

"While we are working to get the club in a stable financial position we will be doing the necessary planning to get out of the blocks really quickly on a new all-weather track in the next few months."

"The funds have been allocated to the project and it has already been approved, it's just when is the best time is to do it," Mr V'landys said on Friday.

The chief executive of Racing NSW Country, Brian Judd, went to Ballina's first race meeting since the board was forced to resign to talk to club members about the prospective new board.

"We have embraced Ballina Jockey Club and we want to make sure Ballina works," he said.

"We want to get local members of the community to be interim board members until a new board is formed in the next 12 months."

"We are looking at people we may appoint who have got the necessary skill and experience to take the club forward."

Racing continued at the Racecourse Road track on Friday.

Club officials were delighted that sunny skies greeted the TAB meeting, which featured eight races and $120,000 prize money.

Racing in the region continues at Murwillumbah on Thursday.



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