Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Valuable Projects in Focus; Track Maintenance, Newmuseum Work under Way

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Valuable Projects in Focus; Track Maintenance, Newmuseum Work under Way

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THE second week off from racing this year gave Ipswich Turf Club grounds staff an opportunity to work on maintenance projects around the facility.

The two main areas of focus were the course proper and the soon-to-be-opened racing museum.

The course proper underwent scarifying, coring, aerating and heavy top dressing during the two weeks off as the track continues to recover from the works of Racing Queensland four years ago. Those works resulted in levelling of a number of undulations around the course, however the result was near to a sealing of the surface of the track.

The sealing of the surface led to hard tracks in dry times and lost meetings in wet times due to poor drainage on the nearly impenetrable surface.

Another problem was poor root penetration. However, in conjunction with Racing Queensland, a recent revised maintenance schedule has paid dividends. It is expected to pay further dividends following the recent works.

Over the past few months of racing there were two meetings which proceeded on heavy tracks after 60mm rain on the previous evening. This was unheard of at Bundamba in the past due to the poor draining surface.

Heavy aerating in recent times has been a key. The top dressing last week will further assist to loosen up the surface.

The top dressing, fertiliser and various machinery have been supplied by Racing Queensland as part of the Infrastructure project. This assistance has already helped in making a positive change to Bundamba course proper racing surface.

The conversion of a 60 year old disused Tote shed -- used recently for storage -- into the Ipswich Racing Museum has been progressing well.

Memorabilia is being collected and arranged and the internal refurbishment is near completion.

Revised program

THE next steps for the infrastructure project at the Ipswich Turf Club include painting of the site facilities, including the exterior of the refurbished museum building, and the exterior of all existing buildings to remain throughout the project. …

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