Makeover for racegrounds

Dianne Begg stands in the proposed redevelopment area for the Canning Agricultural Horticultural and Recreational Society. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d396934
Dianne Begg stands in the proposed redevelopment area for the Canning Agricultural Horticultural and Recreational Society. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d396934

The Canning Agricultural Horticultural and Recreational Society, through Jones Lang LaSalle, recently announced a plan to create a new greyhound-racing complex at the rear of the property, which would free up 2.86ha of land for a Business Development Park.

In 2011, the Society and Greyhounds WA signed a formal agreement that would allow the greyhound racing authority to stay in Cannington by developing the old trotting track site, fronting Albany Highway.

The Society is marketing a long-term lease for the property, suitable for the use of a Showgrounds Business Development Park but the Society will not be responsible for the development of the park once attended.

The redevelopment would allow for a larger multiple use showground and community facility.

Society executive officer Dianne Begg said the Society was excited by the prospect of maximising its landholding’s value.

‘We want to expand and improve exhibition facilities and community activities at the ground while also facilitating the development of the greyhounds racing amenities through a new racing complex,’ she said.

‘Greyhounds WA have told the society that they are extremely keen to stay at Cannington and be a part of the Showgrounds precinct.’

Ms Begg said the redevelopment would be dependent on securing leases, Government funding and development plans with Greyhounds WA. Stage 1 expressions in interest close at 2.00pm (WST) on Monday, April 15.