Murray Bridge Racing Club redevelopment off and running

Media Release

FN169/2017

10 October 2017

Joint release with:

Katrine Hildyard

Minister Assisting the Minister for Recreation and Sport

Tony Pasin

Member for Barker

  • Construction has begun for the redevelopment of the Murray Bridge Racing Club
  • The project will deliver a new function centre, training and equestrian facility
  • The Coalition Government is investing $5 million in the $20 million project

Construction on the $20 million Murray Bridge Racing Club redevelopment began today on what is expected to substantially boost South Australia's horse racing industry and tourism in the region.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the addition of a first class function centre and elite training facilities will enable the club to rapidly expand the local horse racing industry and attract larger meets on the racing calendar.

“I aim to build the kind of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and supporting sporting developments that stimulate economic growth does just that,” Minister Nash said.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the function and community centre will seat up to 600 people, with the commercial kitchen and bar ensuring the space will be highly sought after for community conferences and events outside of the racing season.

“The redevelopment will also include a new facility to support everyone involved on race day, with new offices, change rooms and lounges providing for the jockeys, stewards and first aid officers,” Mr Pasin said.

South Australian Minister Assisting the Minister for Recreation and Sport.Katrine Hildyard said the project is one component of a broader development of the Gifford Hill precinct, with total investment estimated to be more than $35 million.

“The Racing Club will be the jewel in the crown of this redevelopment, and when complete, will be a vital part of South Australia's racing infrastructure and a key location for Australia's premier races,” Ms Hildyard said.

The Federal Coalition Government is investing $5 million in the project, with the South Australian Government providing a $5 million loan, Burke Urban Gifford Hill Pty Ltd $5 million and the Murray Bridge Racing Club $5 million through Thoroughbred Racing South Australia.