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Community comment invited on proposed racecourse sale

The community is invited to share their thoughts on the proposed sale of the Moruya Racecourse.

At the Council Meeting of Tuesday 13 August, Eurobodalla Shire Councillors were unanimous in voting to put the proposal up for public comment.

Racing NSW, the state’s independent body responsible for thoroughbred racing, approached Council to purchase the parcel of land at Donnellys Drive, Moruya. Moruya Jockey Club supports the proposal. Presenting to the Councillors during the preceding Public Forum, Moruya Jockey Club Director, Chris Gandy gave a background on the race course, the potentials from the sale and reiterated their the club's support of putting the proposal out to seek community feedback. You can read Mr Gandy's presentation HERE

Above: L to R - Chris Gandy, Huelwen Lane and Jim Madden attended the Council meeting in regards to the motion to seek public comment on the proposed sale of the Moruya Racecourse to Racing NSW

Council’s manager of property and commercial services Andrew Greenway said the proposed purchase was a part of Racing NSW investment in racing across NSW.

“In making the offer to Council, Racing NSW has indicated the land would continue to be used indefinitely for the purpose of thoroughbred racing and training, with the land subject to a 50-year lease to the Moruya Jockey Club, who have given full support to the proposed sale,” Mr Greenway said.

“Currently the jockey club pay rent to Council, which is given back to the Moruya Racecourse Management Committee for reinvestment at the racecourse.

“A significant portion of the existing buildings and improvements at the racecourse were provided by Racing NSW grants. The purchase of the racecourse is part of their plans for further investment.”

“During the public notice period, Council will offer to meet with racecourse stakeholders, including trainers and residents of Donnelly Drive,” he said.

Owners of the adjacent freehold dwellings would continue to have right of carriageway access via Donnelly Drive, and Racing NSW has confirmed it does not object to St John’s Ambulance use of a building at the racecourse under existing conditions.

A further report will be presented to Council following the proposed 28-day public exhibition period.

To view the report, visit https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/publicexhibition.

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