Major work for Ipswich Racetrack

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Racing Queensland will start major remediation work on the troubled Ipswich racetrack but it has upset the club by scrapping plans for an upgrade of tie-up stalls at the course.

Ipswich has had several abandoned meetings in the past six months even though there was little rain in the lead-up.

The track has stood up much better in recent weeks although half a meeting was lost last Saturday after a mid-afternoon deluge.

In a statement RQ said it would seek government approval to access an additional $6 million from the Racing Infrastructure Fund which would take the total Ipswich project cost to $19 million.

The course is also undergoing a major off track redevelopment but it has been hit by delays.

RQ said the discovery of asbestos and soil contaminants had significantly impacted the commercial building and jockey building project, with contractors being forced to remove 10-times the amount of earthworks than originally thought.

The additional RIF funding will cater for the increased civil works to complete the building and track remediation following a recent geotechnical engineering report and irrigation audit which revealed multiple issues.

The first step will be to replace the decades-old irrigation infrastructure.

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