Racing to the future

After a 12-month construction process, the $15.7 million track will be launched with two nights of greyhound racing.

It is the latest step in what has been heralded as a new era for the industry in Western Australia, with the track to feature a new restaurant and premium stadium facilities.

Greyhounds WA chief executive David Hobbs has been at the helm of the transition since November 2013 and said he was proud to announce the state-of-the art features and safety advancements of the track and the venue as a whole.

“We are looking forward to seeing a new and different crowd through the gates for an exciting range of events, including music and concerts, community events, corporate functions, and of course our greyhound racing events twice a week,” Mr Hobbs said.

“The new environmentally-friendly facilities have been designed to hold large crowds comfortably.”

Mr Hobbs said the track was the first in Australia to employ a hydraulic racing track lure that has the ability to brake at any time, thus ensuring the safety of staff and dogs.

He said there was a focus on safety and environment.

“Safety was always first and foremost in our plans for the new track and with lures capable of travelling up to 130km/h, I felt it was essential to have a braking system employed,” he said.

Upgraded vet facilities, padded barriers, CCTV security and electronic swipe card access to the kennels are among features Mr Hobbs said respresented the future of greyhound racing.

Stage 2 construction plans will include an onsite vet clinic.

“With an ageing 40-year-old facility and no future plan or guarantee of funding, industry bodies stepped up to fund this project,” Mr Hobbs said. “We are looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming in a new crowd and welcoming back our seasoned regulars.”