Callaghan Park Enters An Exciting New Phase

Published 29 November 2022

Callaghan Park Enters An Exciting New Phase

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An exciting second phase in the remodelling of facilities at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse commences this week after a Racing Queensland driven open tender process was awarded to Warner Building Group.

The project includes expanding The Members Lounge overlooking the saddling enclosure which will incorporate a viewing deck wing introducing patrons to a new dimension of live race viewing.

This roomy feature will expand the upstairs facility outwards and above the current horse walkway used for leading runners into the enclosure for each race.

“A new walkway and enclosure entrance for horses and their lead attendants will now be facilitated between the public grandstand and The Members and under neath the overhanging walkway connecting both buildings. This will provide patrons using both amenities much better options to view the pre-race parade of the horses”, Rockhampton Jockey Club CEO Ian Mill said.

He said the current racecourse saddling enclosure would only have to modified minimally to accommodate its new look.

“These works will really transform The Members and the entrance to and from the mounting enclosure with a very modernised look which our race day patrons attending Callaghan Park deserve. A lot of research went into the plans and much was carried out by the RJC chairman Rob Carr who had the vision for it”, Mill said.

As well, the project will include new facilities for the relocation of the current RJC administrative offices to an upstairs level behind The Members.

Provision has been made for the current downstairs RJC offices to be renovated and utilised for a race day medical room as well as industry training rooms.

Mill said the remodelling projects had come about through a funding grant from Racing Queensland announced in July which was in the vicinity of $2M.

This also brought about the expansion and renovation of the male and female ground level jockey rooms whereby the materials used in the refurbishments are far more sustainable to flood damage.

“The jockeys’ rooms have been completed by Warners and been well received by participants”, Mill said. 

The CEO said that it was vital that the projects would be completed and be in use before the running of regional Queensland’s richest race, the $775,000 The Archer at Callaghan Park on April 30 next year.

“It is a tight schedule but the contractors have been made very aware that this is the goal and they will bring this to fruition”, Mill said.

The Rockhampton Jockey Club stages it’s last Saturday race meeting for 2022 this weekend while going all out to promote a Family Christmas race day at Callaghan Park on Friday, December 16. 

Tony McMahon

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