Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Best Country Racecourse Here

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Best Country Racecourse Here

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Byline: Turf topics with Barry Fitzhenry

IMPROVEMENTS costing in excess of $300,000 have been made during 2009 at the Gympie Racecourse and Showgrounds due to excellent team work by the bodies involved with the grounds. The Gympie Regional Council, the Show Society, the Racecourse and Showgrounds Administrative Committee and the Gympie Turf Club have combined to ensure that Gympie has arguably the best racecourse and showground facilities in the country area.

The major project was the provision of a roof over the top floor of the Bill Bishop building and the associated lift, made possible by a grant from the Commonwealth Goverment stimulus package. The Gympie Turf Club allocated about $60,000 for a complete renovation of the bar and cold room plus a TV, as well as replacing a large section of the inside running rail costing about $20,000.

The provision of extra lighting for early morning track-work is in progress, costing about $18,000. The swimming hole used to exercise horses has been cleaned out and the outside rail from the 850m to the 1000m has been replaced, with Landcare providing the labour as part of a training project, as well as planting of some shrubs along the front of the Pavilion. The administrative committee has acquired a couple of storage sheds with erection soon to be completed.

A RECORD number of 22 marquees have been booked for the Christmas Party race meeting at the Gympie Racecourse on Saturday, November 28. Many business groups are taking the opportunity to combine their Christmas party with a day at the races. The feature race is the Gwenda Kleinhanns Memorial Maiden which will be a tribute to the late race day secretary of the GTC. Summer fashions will be on display in the Fashions of the Field while Col Noble will provide entertainment at the after races party to bring down the curtain on Gympie racing for 2009. …

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