Eagle Farm facing hefty water bill if drought continues

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The crippling drought has hit Queensland’s premier racecourse, with the dam at Eagle Farm in danger of drying up and a $50,000-a-week water bill looming to keep it green.

The Brisbane Racing Club has reached an agreement with Racing Queensland to help fund the eye-watering bill to access town water for the racecourses at Eagle Farm and Doomben if there is no rain in the immediate future.

The BRC uses 10-15 ­megalitres of water each week on its training tracks and courses, with Eagle Farm using three to four times as much as Doomben.

Dust at Eagle Farm Racecourse. Picture: Annette Dew
Dust at Eagle Farm Racecourse. Picture: Annette Dew

BRC chief executive Tony Partridge said the Doomben dam was dry and Eagle Farm will shortly follow unless there is rain.

“The club has a very good water and catchment system, so when it does rain, our dams retain water and we capture a lot of the water from the hills around Ascot,” Mr Partridge said.

“Unfortunately we just need rain.

“We have been working with Racing Queensland as we are in emergency mode accessing town water. Racing Queensland is supporting the club to meet these unbudgeted costs and we are very grateful for their response. When we raised it with them their response was immediate and forthcoming.”

Brisbane Racing Club boss Tony Partridge.
Brisbane Racing Club boss Tony Partridge.

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