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‘Limited facilities for the general public’

CHRIS THOMSON

Broadcasters will be a higher priority than spectators at the new Cannington dog track, Western Australian Greyhound Racing Authority documents reveal.

The new track, to be developed in two stages, will replace the existing one opened by late Liberal state premier Sir Charles Court in 1974 before a crowd of more than 14,000 people.

A bid by the Greyhound Racing Authority for the government of current Liberal premier Colin Barnett to fund adequate facilities for on-track patrons failed recently.

Now, a consultant’s report commissioned by the Authority asserts the first stage of the pictured complex will be geared “towards race broadcasting, with limited facilities for the general public”.

The first stage will see a new greyhound track built, and broadcasting facilities and broadcast-quality race lights installed.

New Cannington greyhound trackA control tower, workshops, temporary food and beverage outlets and a new kennel are also planned. The kennel will have reverse-cycle air conditioning, staff room, steward’s room and viewing area.

The project will see the Cannington dogs moved from its existing complex to an adjoining site.

Not until a future second stage of the complex is built will on-track punters see a permanent building erected on the main strait to provide a food and beverage and functions service and for on-site betting.

A second consultant’s report commissioned by the Authority insists the new track will “provide for a modernised greyhound racing complex at Cannington, with improved facilities, and amenity for the surrounding area”.

Last financial year, Cannington greyhound meetings generated more than $29 million in off-course bets. On-course bets totalled only $4.4 million.

The Authority wants stage one of its new track built by July 15 next year. A development application for the first stage of the track will be debated by a state government assessment panel on September 15.

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