Heavy machinery is on site and earthworks are well underway on a $2.9 million development which is set to add to the already impressive facilities at the Bathurst Paceway.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole visited the home of the Bathurst Harness Racing Club in College Road to check on progress on the development which he says will be a game-changer for the sport in the region.
Mr Toole said harness racing is a much loved industry in NSW and Bathurst is the home of the sport in this state, hosting 56 race meetings annually.
“Bathurst is one of the biggest hubs for harness racing in NSW which is why the NSW Government is supporting the future of the industry in our region by working with Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) to develop this training centre,” Mr Toole said.
“The centre will be an enormous boost for our community, creating around 30 jobs and the construction of permanent stabling for up to 60 horses, as well as a training track and day paddocks.
“This new addition will massively enhance the capabilities of the harness racing industry here in Bathurst and will allow the sport to grow and thrive well into the future."
Mayor Robert Taylor said harness racing complex is already a major attraction for the city, bringing in competitors and visitors for major events throughout the year.
“The addition of the new stabling complex and training track will provide local trainers with valuable new facilities and cement the club’s position as the premier harness racing facility in regional NSW,” he said.