There has been no racing at a flooded Callaghan Park since January 23.
There has been no racing at a flooded Callaghan Park since January 23. Contributed

Licensees hit hardest in the flood

WHILE damage to the race track at Callaghan Park can be repaired, it is the loss of revenue to the licensees that has hit home hard.

Rockhampton Greyhound Racing Club treasurer Ray Pike said 90% of the greyhound track, located inside the horse track at Callaghan Park, was submerged as a result of the recent flooding.

"The damage to the track can be overcome but it's the three to four weeks of no racing which affects the licensees with no prize money being allocated," Pike said.

"Some have gone north to race and elsewhere when they can but there is a loss of revenue for the licensees," Pike added.

The kennel block where the greyhounds are housed during weekly race meetings was under two metres of water while the RGRC office also had some water damage.

Inspectors from Racing Queensland were expected to arrive tomorrow to decide on a course of action to repair the track.

"The track surface is a sandy-loam and there was some damage to it by the heavy rain before it was submerged. We may need to get the track resurfaced.

"We have contractors on standby to start work once we have access to the track and the ground has dried out," Pike said.

A track resurface would take about two to three days, and in the best case scenario, racing would hopefully resume in a fortnight, he said.

Meanwhile, Rockhampton Jockey Club's operation manager Graham Brady said while the outer track also went under, floodwater had started to recede.

The January 23 greyhound fixture was not completed as the rain was too heavy while the January 24 horse gallops were cancelled. No races have been held at Callaghan Park since.

Brady added RJC was trying to transfer the February 14 meeting to Yeppoon and he was hopeful horse racing would return to Callaghan Park for the February 28 meet.

"The floods are nowhere as severe as the 2011 floods. But until the water recedes we are in limbo," he said.



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