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GRV Media Release – Traralgon meetings transferred due to track closure

The upcoming meetings at the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club (TGRC) have been transferred due to continued drainage issues on the track.

The TGRC track was closed in October 2018 due to sub-surface drainage issues; the club installed a new drain line under the rail to remove the surface water and the track resumed meetings on December 6.

However, the attempt to resolve the issue was unsuccessful and the club has had to close its doors once again until the track issues have been sufficiently resolved.

As a result, the following meetings have been transferred to other greyhound racing clubs:

Friday, 14 December 2018 (TAB NIGHT) – transferred to Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club

Monday, 17 December 2018 (TAB TWILIGHT) – transferred to Healesville Greyhound Racing Association and changed to a DAY meeting

Please note: As a result of the above change, the Ballarat meeting on Monday, 17 December has been moved from a DAY meeting to a TWILIGHT meeting.

Friday, 21 December 2018 (TAB NIGHT) – transferred to Warragul Greyhound Racing Club

In addition to the drainage issues, the GRV’s Safe Racing Initiative identified other issues with the Traralgon racing track including unsafe 395m and 665m box starts; consequently, these starts were removed for the foreseeable future.

TGRC will be working with GRV consultants and engineers to fix the track’s drainage issues and to develop a plan for future renovations.

Prior to discovering that the track’s drainage system required further work, Traralgon’s club manager, Steve Clark, acknowledged the club’s obligation with regards to the Gippsland Carnival during an interview with RSN’s Country Notice Board and noted the club’s responsibility to meet those obligations with a safe track for the Traralgon Cup on 26 January.

“I hope that people out there understand, we do have animal welfare issues at the forefront of our minds and we want to make the track as safe as possible moving forward,” he said.

In order to do this, the club will be working hard to resolve the track’s drainage issues; they intend to address the GRV’s additional concerns following their leg of the Gippsland Carnival and expect to be closed for further renovations in the New Year.

For media inquiries please contact:

Luke Holmesby | Public Affairs Manager, Strategic Communication | 0478 473 570 | [email protected]­

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