Greyhound Centre in the home straight

GET ready to go racing at one of the best greyhound centres ever to be built in Australia.

It has been more than three years since the announcement was made that a state-of-the-art greyhound racing centre would be constructed at Yamanto and now it seems the waiting is over.

Industry sources have intimated that an announcement is looming and construction on the $40m project will begin before the end of the year.

The facility will house three of the nation’s most advanced greyhound racing tracks with the funding provided by the Queensland Racing Infrastructure Fund.

The new centre will see the Brisbane and Ipswich Greyhound Racing Clubs merge to form the Greater Brisbane Greyhound Club (GBGC).

With construction expected to create more than 1000 jobs and generate a further 1100 full time roles in Brisbane and Ipswich, a Racing Queensland (RQ) spokesperson said once established, the centre will set new standards in modern track design.

“RQ has engaged with some of the world’s most authoritative voices in track design and injury prevention to further inform its decision making, providing new and improved ways to deliver safer racing surfaces,” the RQ spokesperson said.

“Among the amenities to be established include the implementation of modern cambers and a world-class racing surface, along with track radius and surface banking to be designed in a way to reduce excessive limb forces.

“RQ will construct best-practice starting boxes incorporating optimum spacing between contestants, grille heights and starting location alignment and the facility will boast air-conditioned, sound-attenuated kennels with best practice pre and post racing support services.

“On an annual basis, the Queensland greyhound industry contributes more than $170m to the Brisbane and Ipswich economies.”

A final update on the status of the project is expected imminently pending the completion of community consultations by the state government.

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