New track starting to progress

Wagga’s wait for a new harness racing facility is slowly coming to an end after a timeline for the multimillion-dollar facility was revealed.

DAYS ARE NUMBERED: Horses warm up for the first at Wagga on Tuesday but the new harness racing track should be ready in February 2018.

DAYS ARE NUMBERED: Horses warm up for the first at Wagga on Tuesday but the new harness racing track should be ready in February 2018.

Harness Racing NSW chief executive John Dumesny was in the city on Tuesday to meet with the new project managers of the $6.5 million facility, GHD. While there are still tenders up in the air, Dumesny expects work to begin in February and will take a year to complete.

“We have full expectations that construction should start in February,” Dumesny said. “We don’t see any impediments to that, weather permitting of course.”

The Wagga Pacers Cup meeting, in early March, is slated to host the official opening of the facility although racing is expected to begin on the new track before then. The concept of a regional "super centre" was first raised in 2007 and it was hoped to be completed last year before delays in the development application process.

Wet weather has been another deterrent this year but Dumesny believes things are back on track and meet with the Wagga Show Society to arrange for the current lease to end in June 2018.

The harness chief also announced the three independents to be installed of the Wagga Harness Racing Club board. Paul Kahlefeldt, Christine Brewer and Dennis Conroy will join Linda Inwood, Kevin Wheatley, Brian Hay and Bill Tipping, who were elected last week, on the board.

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