Ea­gle Farm sur­face re­view off and run­ning to­day

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - NATHAN EXELBY

THE long- awaited re­view into the Ea­gle Farm sur­face and rec­om­men­da­tions on how it will be fixed will fi­nally be re­leased to­day.

It fol­lows the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of a re­port con­ducted by Dale Monteith, who be­gan his re­view on June 12.

Orig­i­nally Mr Monteith was given a three week time frame, but he hinted at the time it would take longer and to­mor­row marks al­most seven weeks since the re­view be­gan.

Ex­ten­sive soil tests of the track were taken, but it is un­der­stood no one from the Bris­bane Rac­ing Club or con­struc­tor Ev­er­green were in­ter­viewed for the for­mu­la­tion of the re­port or its rec­om­men­da­tions, but both made sub­mis­sions.

In a meet­ing con­ducted on the Gold Coast yes­ter­day, Rac­ing Min­is­ter Grace Grace thrashed out the fi­nal de­tails of the re­port with Monteith, BRC chair­man Neville Bell and chief ex­ec­u­tive Dave Whim­pey and Rac­ing Queens­land chair­man Steve Wil­son, thor­ough­bred board mem­ber Mark Sowerby and chief ex­ec­u­tive Eliot Forbes.

Min­is­ter Grace was handed the re­port last Fri­day.

It is un­known if changes were sub­se­quently made which led to an agree­ment be­ing reached at yes­ter­day’s meet­ing.

At the con­clu­sion of meet­ing, Ms Grace said fi­nal doc­u­ment would be vealed to­day.

“Mr Monteith has fully briefed me on this re­port, along with Rac­ing Queens­land the the re- and the BRC, and we had a very pro­duc­tive meet­ing to­day,” Ms Grace said.

“I ex­pect Rac­ing Queens­land and BRC to work to­gether to im­ple­ment his rec­om­men­da­tions in full so that rac­ing can re­turn to Ea­gle Farm as soon as pos­si­ble.”

The de­lay in the re­port has height­ened spec­u­la­tion on when Ea­gle Farm will be able to re­turn to rac­ing.

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