The Gawler Jockey Club and the local racing community are incredibly excited about what the new year will bring their region with a new equine pool and stabling facilities set to be unveiled in 2020.
Last year the State Government announced a $24 million stimulus package for the racing industry which included $2.5 million to be spent on 10 different projects around the state.
The first project to take shape will be the new $408k equine pool at the Gawler Racecourse and further down the track the Club will also welcome a $216k project for on-course stabling.
“It’s a massive coup and a very exciting time for the Club,” Gawler Jockey Club CEO Shane Collins says.
“We had actually been investigating and had plans in place for some 18 months about an equine pool being added to our facilities, so to be successful in obtaining funding to achieve this project is just a wonderful outcome.”
The new pool will give the Club an extra income source which will help keep the Club sustainable into the future and the facilities will be open to all in the area.
“We have a very strong Harness Racing community in Gawler and plenty of equestrian participants in the area and they will all get the chance to use the pool.”
Some of the biggest winners out of the new pool will be the local trainers who will have the opportunity to take their stables to the next level.
“The pool gives our trainers a lot more scope and opportunities to train and rehabilitate their horses to help improve their business.”
“This is a key factor in our future planning as a Club, making sure that our trainers have as much support and high class facilities so their business can grow. This will in turn reflect positively on our overall business structure and future. It certainly is an exciting time for everyone here at Gawler.”
The brand new facilities will make Gawler one of the most exciting and convenient places to train horses in the state once the new stabling is up and running. With the new developments, the facility is sure to attract a lot of interest from trainers both local and interstate.
“We’ve had some communication from trainers from both here and interstate but nothing in concrete at this stage. Once the stabling project gets underway we would envisage we’d gain further interest and seek someone to fill those boxes on track here.”