Tuesday, June 4, 2019
A growing need for an upgrade of the existing kennel house facilities at Tara Raceway has seen the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club and the sport’s controlling body, Greyhound Racing SA (GRSA), in talks regarding the project that is expected to cost more than $250,000.
MGGRC president John Woodland said this week that the main concern with the kennel house was the construction type of the individual kennels into which greyhounds are placed for race meetings conducted at the Lake Terrace East venue.
“These days, most kennels are free-standing, and constructed of galvanised or stainless steel – as is the case at Angle Park, Murray Bridge and Gawler. However, at Tara Raceway the kennels are constructed from brick and concrete.”
Woodland said the stainless steel kennels, similar in quality to that at the other SA tracks, would be included as part of the total cost – the MGGRC being asked to contribute $75,000 of its own funds towards the project.
He also said that the Tara Raceway kennel house currently had a number of other inherent limitations.
“We’re hampered by the absence of a stewards’ area, along with insufficient space in the swabbing room and compromised logistics in and around the kennel house.”
Woodland pointed out that GRSA was conscious of protecting against the potential financial impact on participants arising from an interruption to racing during the period of the kennel house upgrade.
“The project cost takes into account an allowance for temporary race day kennelling which would ensure that continuity for Tara Raceway meetings was not affected. The temporary facilities would be hired for approximately a six-week period.”
Some years ago, after a portion of club land had been sold, a commitment was made to members that the committee of the day would consult with them if ever they wished to direct those funds towards a specific project.
As a result, the club is now asking members to indicate their support, or otherwise, for the $75,000 kennel house contribution, letters and voting forms forwarded to members last week with the deadline for returns being Wednesday, June 12.
Meanwhile, following a MGGRC committee meeting on Tuesday, members are advised that a meeting relating to the kennel house will be held at the close of kennelling at Tara Raceway on Sunday.