Monday, June 17, 2019
Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. members have voted overwhelming in favour of partial funding for refurbishment of the Tara Raceway kennel house.
This follows a recent Greyhound Racing SA mail out to members proposing “that the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. contribute $75,000 towards the proposed upgrade of the kennel house facilities at Tara Raceway”.
MGGRC president John Woodland said the GRSA proposal had come about as a result of a portion of club land that had been sold some years ago.
“At the time a commitment was made to club members that the committee of the day would consult with them if ever they wished to direct the funds from the sale of the land towards a specific project.”
Following the close of voting last Wednesday, the total number of responses received had been 47 with 42 in favour of the funding support.
GRSA Strategic Projects Manager, Scott Wuchatsch, said the complete kennel house refurbishment, expected to cost more than $250,000, should be completed in August or September this year although this was still subject to GRSA Board approval.
“The project will involve removing the existing concrete/brick kennels as well as adding internal cladding to the entire building and applying an epoxy floor coating,” he said.
“There will also be revised kennel house configuration to incorporate a stewards’ room plus stainless steel kennels and the replacement of some old cooling units.”
Wuchatsch said the refurbishment would bring the kennel house building into line with the existing modern facilities at the Angle Park, Gawler and Murray Bridge tracks.
“We are applying a long term focus to the quality of finishes on the refurbishment. This hopefully will limit future expenditure on the building.
“And hopefully the focus on quality will be apparent to local participants upon completion of the project.”
One of the key elements of the refurbishment will be the requirement to continue to race throughout the period of the works.
“We are confident that the planning for a temporary kennel building will be more than adequate for the six-week construction period,” Wuchatsch said.
Steve Bartholomew (top) with Galactic Destiny and kennel steward John Woodland and David Peckham with Iron Dog contender Kolora Posie pictured yesterday by Bronny Nicholson in the soon to be demolished kennels at Tara Raceway.