Race on to fulfil ambitious plans
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.”
DEBATE: Peter Wyatt .