Deloraine Racetrack Recreation Precinct

Give us your feedback on the opportunity to transform this iconic community asset!

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Let's bring new life to the Deloraine Racetrack!

Council’s vision is to create an inclusive, regional-scale community space which would transform the Deloraine Racetrack into a recreational hub for everyone to enjoy. The site has the potential to accommodate a range of recreational and community facilities so we've developed a concept plan as a guide to illustrate what could be possible and to encourage the community to explore the many opportunities the site has to offer.

The concept plan includes ideas like a recreational lake, parkrun course, RV and camping amenities, diversity of cultural and artistic experiences, nature play spaces for all ages, a second oval to support AFL, soccer and summer sports and improved tennis facilities. Whilst some existing infrastructure would remain, there are many possibilities and we'd like to hear from you about what you would like to see included into the plan.

The project already has the support of AFL Tasmania and Cricket Tasmania and we will also be consulting with other key stakeholders, existing user groups and holding public drop-in sessions over coming weeks, so take a moment to consider how you would like to see this site transformed!

About the Project

Project Timeline
The transformation of the Deloraine Racetrack into a recreational precinct is a long term project. Once complete, this invigorated space would become part of a ‘green spine’ that winds through the town itself and provides direct connectivity along the Meander River through to the Deloraine Showgrounds. Development of the site would occur over ten or more years as funding permits.

Council has allocated funding to kick-start the project and with a commitment from the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Scheme soon to be confirmed, early stages of the development would be able to commence. A timeline of the project is provided below as a guide:

Project Funding
Development of the site over the next decade is expected to cost between $15-20M. Council has allocated $600K to start the project, with an additional $3.35M allocated from the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Scheme - a commitment made utilising the final application of funds provided by the Australian Government in 2018. Council expects ministerial consent to use these funds soon.

As well as the social benefits of redeveloping the site, an investment of $15M in the sports and recreation activities sector in Deloraine is estimated to generate $19.74M in revenue, create 149 jobs for the Northern Tasmanian regional economy and an additional $17.46M and 65 jobs for the wider Australian economy.

Celebrating Deloraine's Racing History
The Deloraine Racetrack has been a part of the local community since the mid-1800s. The Tasmanian Grand National Steeplechase was an annual feature at the site and the traditional hedge steeples planted across the course still remain and are of significant historical value.

Whilst the old grandstand and accompanying buildings may not be retained due to their state of disrepair, the concept plan does preserve steeples and will showcase our rich racing history with a memorial garden and/or interpretive display. The community will have opportunity to share their memories of Deloraine's former racing days and put forward their ideas about how we capture this important aspect of our history at the site.

Future Proofing
The site's proximity to the Meander River provides great opportunity to improve recreational river access and whilst this is one of the features of the site, Council is conscious that infrastructure will need to be designed to withstand any inundation. Flood assessment work will be undertaken to inform the design and construction of any infrastructure and associated ground works to ensure there is minimal impact from future flood events.

Get Involved! Tell us what you would like to see as part of the plan to transform the racetrack!

View the concept plan
Take a look at the concept plan below or to download a copy, click here

Take the survey
Give us your feedback by answering a few survey questions and leaving your comments. To take the survey, click here

Consultation is open until Tuesday 4 October.

Deloraine Racetrack Recreation Precinct - Concept Plan