The article that appeared in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald regarding the future of the Penrith harness racing facility is refuted by Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) and does not represent the current position.
It should be pointed out that HRNSW was not quoted in the story and neither of the two journalists involved, nor anybody else at Fairfax, sought an official or unofficial comment from HRNSW. Furthermore the article contained a number of factual errors including the potential sale of Bankstown and Fairfield to fund a new site at Eastern Creek. As both those venues are owned by Council and not HRNSW such a proposal is, in fact, impossible.
By way of background, in 2011, HRNSW developed a business plan that involved selling the current Penrith facility, merging the three provincial clubs - Penrith, Bankstown and Fairfield - and forming a Super Club at a Greenfields site.
This concept was rejected by the Penrith Harness Racing Club and subsequently $2.3 million was set aside to upgrade the track and stables at the existing venue as part of the 2012 HRNSW Infrastructure Plan. These works will be completed in FY15.
Notwithstanding the above, the possibility remains that Panthers could acquire the showground to build the proposed sports stadium at a time in the future. As such it would be a commercial failing of HRNSW not to be involved in the ongoing dialogue to ensure that we are best positioned in the event of such an outcome.
Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW
Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200
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