Casino Showground and Racecourse

Casino Showground and Racecourse

Richmond Valley Council is seeking community input on the best way the Casino Showground and Racecourse site could be redeveloped. A draft plan of upgrades for the site is now on public display following Council’s decision to endorse the draft master plan at its June meeting. Council has been working with the regular users for the past 12 months, and the draft master plan is based on information gathered in workshops and consultation with key stakeholders. Consideration was given to:

  • what is currently happening on the site;
  • the needs of the community;
  • the wider surroundings;
  • social, environmental and economic considerations; and
  • planning constraints and opportunities.

The need for the master plan stems from the acknowledgement that while the existing Casino Showground and Racecourse site meets the basic needs of many of its users, the potential exists to greatly enhance the facilities for the future. The draft master plan for a new community precinct caters for the long-term future of the site, taking into consideration existing and potential sporting and community-based activities. The Casino Showground and Racecourse site is already well-patronised, but with this master plan it could be turned into a modern precinct, regularly attracting people from around the region, and potentially interstate. The associated infrastructure would allow for major regional events which would provide an economic boost to the Richmond Valley.

Exciting additions proposed for the site include an indoor equestrian arena, redevelopment of the horse racing training stables, and renewal of the sand track and racecourse proper. It is also proposed Council, the Casino Race Club and Racing NSW will work towards an agreement to support the training industry in this region, and provide employment opportunities into the future within the industry.

The draft master plan will be used to support an $8 million Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund Grant application for the proposed works.

We invite public comment on the draft master plan, which can be viewed at Council’s offices in Casino and Evans Head, or downloaded from this page. If you would like to make a submission, address it to the General Manager, Richmond Valley Council, Locked Bag 10, Casino NSW 2470 or email council@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au

You can also make a submission via our online form at www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au/page/Your_Council/On_Exhibition Written and online submissions will be accepted by Council until 4.30pm Friday 3 August. Further information is available from Council on 6660 0300.