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Grand finish for Moree Race Club grandstand

Crown land

Racegoers will get a great view of the action with the completion of a $500,000 restoration of Moree Race Club’s grandstand.

Crown Lands is funding $1.1 million in upgrades to Moree Race Club from the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program, with installation of a new toilet block to follow the grandstand upgrade.

Work to restore the grandstand included refurbishment of its concrete columns and deck with the addition of a protective epoxy coating and new aluminium seating, downstairs steel columns and aluminium windows.

A glass balustrade has been installed around the stand and along its stairs, bifold doors on the bar area, and an entrance ramp with disabled access to allow people of all ages and mobility to enjoy a day at the races.

Moree Race Club secretary Michelle Gobbert said the return of the grandstand will benefit events for future generations.

“The grandstand was built back in 1975 so has been a key part of this race club’s infrastructure for nearly 50 years,” Mrs Gobbert said.

“Our race meetings attract about 300 people for weekday events, about 1500 for the Moree Picnic Races, and our last big Christmas event pre-COVID attracted 4800 so its important we have safe and comfortable facilities to support them.”

Minister for Hospitality and Racing Kevin Anderson welcomed the reopening.

“Regional racecourses like Moree play a vital role bringing their communities together for social cohesion while also supporting local jobs and tourism,” Mr Anderson said.

Work included reburbishment of columns, decking, new seats, windows, doors, balustrade and disabled access. Work included refurbishment of columns, decking,
new seats, windows, doors, balustrade and disabled access.