Denis Cox, the chief executive officer for the RJC in the members bar which will be part of the $2 million revamp at Callaghan Park.
Denis Cox, the chief executive officer for the RJC in the members bar which will be part of the $2 million revamp at Callaghan Park. Allan Reinikka

New look for race facility

THE Rockhampton Jockey Club (RJC) has plans for a $2 million refurbishment of the members and committee lounge areas at Callaghan Park racecourse.

The existing facility overlooking and adjacent to the horse parade area will be completely redeveloped and partially extended with the onus on maximising usage of present space.

Denis Cox, the chief executive officer for the RJC, said when completed the floor space would allow for spacious seating for about 200 people thereby being much roomier than the present facility.

“There is a considerable amount of wasted space on the top deck used by the members and opened to the public for 38 mid-week race meetings each year. The plan is to relocate the existing administration offices and store rooms and thereby open up the area. We envisage when completed it will add another dimension to our business and will be a popular venue for receptions and conventions as it allows for open views.

“As well we plan to floodlight the outside area around the enclosure and winning post so as it will have an attractive and unique appearance for evening functions,” Mr Cox said.

Funding for the long overdue new facility has come about from the partnership deal forged between the RJC and Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) last year.

“Basically, the RJC received about $2 million for the sale to RQL of assets including the on-course stabling facilities and barns at Callaghan Park. This new project has come about directly through that partnership,” Mr Cox said.

Mr Cox believes the revamping and modernising of the existing facility will have a positive flow-on effect whereby it will be the catalyst for increased membership of the RJC.

When completed, it will be open to the public at Callaghan Park race days on all occasions accept the club's eight Saturday dates and the annual Newmarket race meeting held on a Thursday each June.

There are no plans to revamp the existing public lounge area at Callaghan Park which attracts very small patronage at the majority of the club's meetings except for the few feature race days.

The framing of the start of the project after the Melbourne Cup meeting in November has been implemented to avoid disrupting the winter and spring racing carnivals. THE Rockhampton Jockey Club (RJC) has plans for a $2 million refurbishment of the members and committee lounge areas at Callaghan Park racecourse.

The existing facility overlooking and adjacent to the horse parade area will be completely redeveloped and partially extended with the onus on maximising usage of present space.

Denis Cox, the chief executive officer for the RJC, said when completed the floor space would allow for spacious seating for about 200 people thereby being much roomier than the present facility.

“There is a considerable amount of wasted space on the top deck used by the members and opened to the public for 38 mid-week race meetings each year. The plan is to relocate the existing administration offices and store rooms and thereby open up the area. We envisage when completed it will add another dimension to our business and will be a popular venue for receptions and conventions as it allows for open views.

“As well we plan to floodlight the outside area around the enclosure and winning post so as it will have an attractive and unique appearance for evening functions,” Mr Cox said.

Funding for the long overdue new facility has come about from the partnership deal forged between the RJC and Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) last year.

“Basically, the RJC received about $2 million for the sale to RQL of assets including the on-course stabling facilities and barns at Callaghan Park. This new project has come about directly through that partnership,” Mr Cox said.

Mr Cox believes the revamping and modernising of the existing facility will have a positive flow-on effect whereby it will be the catalyst for increased membership of the RJC.

When completed, it will be open to the public at Callaghan Park race days on all occasions accept the club's eight Saturday dates and the annual Newmarket race meeting held on a Thursday each June.

There are no plans to revamp the existing public lounge area at Callaghan Park which attracts very small patronage at the majority of the club's meetings except for the few feature race days.

The framing of the start of the project after the Melbourne Cup meeting in November has been implemented to avoid disrupting the winter and spring racing carnivals.



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