Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bundamba on Backburner; Townsville Greyhound Track Strategy Priority Ahead of Ipswich

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bundamba on Backburner; Townsville Greyhound Track Strategy Priority Ahead of Ipswich

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WE'VE all heard the saying -- there's good news and bad news. Here's a little of both.

Let's start with the bad news.

Following a briefing this week by the board of Racing Queensland to the media, greyhound board chairman Michael Byrne revealed there are no immediate plans to relocate greyhound racing in Ipswich from the Showgrounds to Bundamba racecourse.

Plans were drawn up in 2011 by the previous Bob Bentley-led all-codes racing board to make the move.

At this stage there is no funding available to pursue the Bundamba option.

Byrne said if more infrastructure funding became available, relocating greyhound racing in Townsville from the showgrounds to the Cluden gallops track would be a priority over any possible Ipswich move of a similar nature.

Not everybody who races their greyhounds at the Ipswich Showgrounds has been doing cartwheels about a move to Bundamba anyway.

While Bundamba offers the possibility of a larger-shaped track, situated on the infield of the gallops track, details of rent, profit sharing from bar and catering and other matters have never been signed and sealed.

Many subscribe to the theory of better the devil you know than the one you don't.

The Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club races and trades successfully at the Showgrounds, with three race meetings each week.

Certainly the Ipswich Turf Club has indicated a strong keenness to work with the greyhound club.

In fact, their enthusiasm about making Bundamba a new home for greyhounds has been most impressive. But it looks like the whole matter is in the too hard basket for the time being.

New track underway

THE first piece of good news is that Michael Byrne says construction of a "one turn" track at Slack's Creek in Logan will start this month.

He hopes that racing can commence there in July next year.

Assuming that happens, greyhound racing would enjoy the best of both worlds. …

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