Race on to ful­fil am­bi­tious plans

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THE sport of kings could find a home in Bund­aberg but a com­pli­cated chain re­ac­tion would have to take place for PeterWy­att’s dream to be re­alised.

In­de­pen­dent can­di­date MrWy­att opened up about his big plans for the re­gion if elected to rep­re­sent Bur­nett on Jan­uary 31 and no plan was big­ger than the ex­pan­sion of the lo­cal horse rac­ing scene.

There are no TAB meets at the Thabeban track per year and that’s some­thing MrWy­att would like to change.

But the Yandaran res­i­dent would have to un­seat Bur­nett MP Stephen Ben­nett as well as con­vince state mem­bers to invest in a project that sits out­side his elec­toral bound­aries.

He ex­pressed his de­sire to see a lo­cal rac­ing in­dus­try take off but to do so Mr Wy­att said the track, in Jack Dempsey’s seat of Bund­aberg, would have to be up­graded to grass.

The ben­e­fits from the up­grade would then at­tract jock­eys, horse train­ers and their support staff to set up in the Bur­nett elec­torate.

“That is a high-growth em­ploy­ment area and we have got all the area here ideal for it,” MrWy­att said.

“We’re on the doorstep of Rock­hamp­ton, Glad­stone and other ar­eas up the coast. We’re in a prime po­si­tion to get that up and run­ning. We do have rac­ing but it’s not con­nected to the TAB.”

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

DE­BATE: Peter Wy­att .

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