Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Lighting boost for Redcliffe harness racing

The Redcliffe Peninsula Harness Racing and Sporting Club (RHRC) is set to shine brighter than ever with new broadcast lighting to be installed.

Funded through the Queensland Government’s Racing Infrastructure Fund, the $6 million project will provide new LED lighting and electrical infrastructure in order to deliver a better broadcast quality product for night racing.

The program of works is forecast over an 11-month period, with construction set to commence this month, allowing the RHRC to maintain its racing and training operations during construction.

“With the existing lighting and electrical infrastructure nearing its end of life, this state-of-the-art project ensures the famous ‘Triangle’ will meet expectations of both broadcasters and spectators alike,” said Minister for Racing, Grace Grace.

“Redcliffe is one of the state’s most valuable harness training and racing venues, conducting more than 40% of the industry’s 310 race meetings annually, with around 300 horses trialing or in training at the venue every week.

“This project is expected to support 20 new jobs throughout construction, contributing to an industry which already delivers more than $2.2 billion in economic contribution to Queensland each year.”

RPHRC President, Bernie Ring said the lighting rollout was the vital project for the future of the Triangle, with both participant and animal welfare at its forefront.

“Racing under lights is synonymous with Redcliffe, and this upgrade ensures that spectators on-course and at home won’t miss a second of the action,” he said.

“We’d like to thank both Racing Queensland and the Miles Government for their support and delivery of this project.”

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