Council reveals its vision to transform the Deloraine Racetrack into a regional-scale community space

Posted on August 25, 2022

Have your say about plans to bring new life back to the Deloraine Racetrack!

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Don Tracey from the Deloraine Football Club, Brian Roles, Deputy Mayor Michael Kelly, Mayor Wayne Johnston, Rodney Bussey from the Junior Deloraine Football Club, Tony Wadley, Don Simpson, Greg Hall and Mark Flanigan from the Great Western Tiers Tourism Association unveil plans to transform the old racetrack.

Council reveals its vision to transform the Deloraine Racetrack into a regional-scale community space

The Meander Valley community is being encouraged to have input into an innovative project to bring new life back into the Deloraine Racetrack.

Mayor Wayne Johnston said Council’s vision for the Deloraine Recreation Precinct is to create an inclusive regional-scale community space.

“This is an exciting proposal which would transform the Deloraine Racetrack into a recreational hub for everyone to enjoy including sporting clubs, families, youth, our aging population and people with disabilities,” Mayor Johnston said.

“The proposed development may include improved sporting facilities, playground, picnic and park areas, walking tracks and dog off-leash areas.

“When complete, this invigorated space will be 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 will occur over ten or more years as funding permits. The total cost is expected to be between $15-20M.

To kick start the project, Council has allocated $600K with an additional $3.35M set aside 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 the funds soon.

As well as the social benefits of renewing 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. The proposal has the backing of AFL Tasmania and Cricket Tasmania.

General Manager John Jordan said to help people envisage the true potential of the site, Council had developed a high level concept plan.

“This 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,” Mr Jordan said.

“Council also wants to pay homage to the racing history of the site. The Deloraine Racetrack has been a part of the local community since the mid-1800s. The Tasmanian Grand National Steeplechase was an annual feature and the traditional hedge steeples planted across the course remain and are of significant historical value.

“We would love to be able to preserve and showcase our rich racing history and we are asking the community to share those memories and ideas for how we capture this at the site.

“It’s important to note that this is just a concept plan of the many possibilities for the site and we want the community to let us know what they would like to see in the area.”

Council will be consulting with key stakeholders and the general public through one-on-one meetings, street stalls and drop in sessions. Community drop in sessions will be advertised on Council’s website and facebook page in coming weeks.

The consultation phase will be open until the end of September, for more information and to leave your feedback, click here