MURRUMBIDGEE Turf Club (MTC) will be 'pushing hard' to secure funding for it's $6.8 million stable complex after it was approved by Wagga City Council on Monday night.
It was a significant milestone for the stable project at Monday night's council meeting when councillors voted in favour of the development application.
The project, which has been in the planning for four years, is now ready to move ahead once funding is sought for the complex.
MTC chief executive Steve Keene described council approval as a 'significant step' in the process.
"It is a great milestone for the club to tick off. The project has been four years in the development, the club's put a lot of money into it and we think it will be a really good project for the community as well," Keene said.
"It's exciting to finally get the development application approved. It is a significant step and to have a project shovel ready, we can get funding a little bit more seriously now. They know there's an approved development application so it's all systems go."
The focus now turns to seeking funding. The club has long been in discussions with both state and federal government and hope they can get a result there in the near future.
"We've already been in contact with local state and federal members, also the industry, they're fully aware of the project and where it's at," he said.
"This next step will now ramp up those talks and we've noticed in the last few weeks there are a lot of announcements around infrastructure and creating jobs, which this project will do. Hopefully we can tap into that in the not too distant future and turn some soil sooner rather than later."
Keene said they will also put their case forward to Racing NSW, should they not succeed with government funding.
"It's all on the table. We've been speaking to all parties," he said.
"We needed firstly for the development application to be approved. So then we can push forward. If there is money out there to be spent, which I'm led to believe there is, then we can put our hand up for that and we can start getting the project underway."
Keene said in an ideal world, he would love to see building start by Wagga Gold Cup time next year.
"We'd love to be turning dirt in the next six months," he said.
"In six months time, if we could start construction that would be fantastic so we'll be pushing hard over the next month or so to sure up some funding and get the project underway."
The stable complex is designed to accommodate 125 horses with a number of new and existing trainers already signalling their intent to move into the facility once it is complete.
The project also includes a veterinary building, in the final stage, for any clinical work that needs to be performed.