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Big Investment In Cranbourne and Pakenham Infrastructure

The Victorian Government has ramped up its pre-election investment in the racing industry with a $17.5 million commitment to new infrastructure at the Cranbourne Training Complex and Pakenham Racing Club.

Big Investment In Cranbourne and Pakenham Infrastructure

The Victorian Government has ramped up its pre-election investment in the racing industry with a $17.5 million commitment to new infrastructure at the Cranbourne Training Complex and Pakenham Racing Club.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula announced a $17.5 million investment to create new facilities at both Cranbourne and Pakenham as part of a $40.1 million joint funding package to compensate for the closure of training at Caulfield over the next five years.

Pakula said the Labor Government will invest more than $6 million at the Cranbourne Training Complex for the construction of additional stabling, an inside grass track, an equine pool and tunnel upgrades to accommodate additional horses.


More than $8 million will also go to the Pakenham Racing club for new stabling, new uphill grass and synthetic tracks and an additional equine pool.

The project will accommodate an additional 600 horse boxes and create up to 200 new jobs during construction, with a total economic impact estimated to be more than $250 million.

Racing Victoria and the Melbourne Racing Club will contribute $22.6 million towards the project.

Works at both facilities will begin immediately, to help relocations from Caulfield which may begin from mid-2020.

The Government will also provide an additional $1 million to support the Caulfield Trust to develop a long-term land use plan for the site, to open up the space and balance the needs of residents, racing stakeholders and community groups.

The Trust will develop a three year corporate plan that will set out the strategic direction and management of the reserve in close consultation with the local community.

"We’re investing in world-class facilities for the future at the Cranbourne Training Complex and Pakenham Racing Club to ensure that Victoria remains the premier racing state," Pakula said.

“These new facilities will create hundreds of new jobs, provide a major economic boost for the racing industry and help ensure thoroughbred racing in Victoria keeps pace with international standards.”

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