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World-class stables complex a step closer to reality in Newcastle


Newcastle Racecourse’s dream of being home to a world-class stables complex is a step closer to reality.

The organisation recently received confirmation that the development application (DA) for its multi-million-dollar facility has been approved by the NSW Department of Planning.

The project, which spent many years in the pipeline, was put on hold following delays caused by the global pandemic and a revision of the plans.

It is understood the existing equine pool, workshops, sheds and stalls at the Broadmeadow track will be demolished to enable construction of the new centre, featuring stables, ancillary buildings and car parking.

Newcastle Jockey Club CEO Duane Dowell welcomed the latest news.

“We are delighted with the approval for our stables project, which will provide enormous benefits to the club, the racing industry and the local community,” he said.

“This is an important stage in our masterplan to create a state-of-the-art racing and entertainment precinct.

“While some funding is confirmed through Racing NSW, the balance is still required in the hope that it may come from federal or state government, given the significant boost to the Hunter economy.”

The DA approval supports the project being in the public interest and would provide a range of benefits for the region and the state as a whole, including capital investment of construction jobs, full-time employment opportunities and development contributions.

It follows a few months after Newcastle Jockey Club, Hunter Water and the City Of Newcastle announced plans to investigate capturing stormwater for irrigation at the track and to nearby sporting fields.

“We’ve been operating at Newcastle Racecourse since 1906,” Dowell said.

“For more than a century, it’s been a significant venue for thoroughbred racing and job creation.

“This recent approval attests to our commitment to deliver value to the community and elevating standards within the racing industry with improved facilities.”

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