Harness Racing New South Wales has announced the recently purchased land at Tamworth has been re-zoned to a Tourism Zone.
The objectives of the Tourism Zone are to provide a variety of tourist-oriented development and related issues as well as facilitating development that recognises the unique characteristics of the nationally and regionally significant precincts that are the Australian Equine Livestock and Events Centre and the Tamworth Regional Racing Precincts.
HRNSW agreed to terms of purchase for $1.35million last April, with chief executive John Dumesny stating the deal is a major breakthrough for the north-west region of the industry.
“The opportunities the rezoning of the Tamworth property present to the industry can deliver income streams which are non-core,” Dumesny declared. “When harness racing is required to move from the Showground there will be a new track and facilities, but there will also be ample space to develop for commercial purposes.
“The zoning, which was formerly rural, allowed the board to astutely invest in the future and with the rezoning to tourism that future is assured. Ideally situated on a major transport intersection permitted uses include the likes of McDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken as well as service stations.”
A Tourism Zone can permit with consent: Amusement centres, Animal boarding or training establishments, Boat sheds, Camping grounds, Car parks, Caravan parks, Charter and tourism boating facilities, Child care centres, Community facilities, Electricity generating works, Entertainment facilities, Environmental facilities, Food and drink premises, Function centres, Helipads, Highway service centres, Information and education facilities, Kiosks, Markets, Medical centres, Office premises, Passenger transport facilities, Recreation areas, Recreation facilities (indoor), Recreation facilities (major), Recreation facilities (outdoor), Registered clubs, Respite day care centres, Retail premises, Sewage treatment plants, Signage, Tourist and visitor accommodation, Veterinary hospitals, Water recreation structures and Water supply systems.