The $3.3 million redevelopment of the Mount Gambier track is well underway with some major works already completed. The upgrade will provide a new racing surface incorporating improved drainage and irrigation enabling the club to race across a larger part of the year.
The track redevelopment was made possible thanks to the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund initiative.
As at mid-February, the main drainage crossing has been installed across the sand and inner grass track. In addition, all the soakage basins and boars have been completed.
The old course proper has had its old turf stripped and is now ready for the installation of the drainage system. There is set to be 16km of drainage installed around the upgraded track.
After the drainage is installed, it will be filled with a gravel blanket, the growing medium placed and then the turf will be installed. It is envisaged that the turf will be laid sometime between late March and early April.
The turf farm which is currently growing the new racing surface has been inspected and the turf supplier is very happy with the progress.
The track closed the day after the rescheduled Mount Gambier Gold Cup in December and is on track to be re-opened for the two-day Mount Gambier Gold Cup carnival in May 2019.