A decision eight years ago by Logan Council to blackball a move to build a greyhound centre in the area has proven a windfall for Ipswich.
The State government has just announced a $40million dollar state-of-the-art greyhound complex will be built at Yamanto in Ipswich.
The facility will become the new home of the sport and will feature a multi-purpose function centre alongside three tracks.
A block of land at Slacks Creek was earmarked some years ago by the State Government for a greyhound centre and some councillors including former deputy mayor Russell Lutton threw their weight behind the idea.
They were outvoted however, and as a result Logan was scratched by the government as a site for the new centre.
Racing Minister Grace Grace said greyhound safety will be the number one priority for the design of the Greater Brisbane Greyhound Centre (GBGC).
“This facility will create 477 good jobs for Queenslanders during construction and contribute significantly to the great lifestyle of the local area,” Ms Grace said.
“The GBGC will feature three tracks – a straight track, a one-turn track, and a two-turn track – with the health and safety of greyhounds at the heart of design and construction.
“Racing Queensland is engaging with experts in track design and injury prevention to build a centre that is as safe for dogs and trainers as possible.
“Design features like appropriate radius and surface banking, air-conditioned kennels and world-class racing surfaces will be incorporated to achieve this.
“There will also be a veterinarian clinic on-site to provide quality care for greyhounds.
“Racing at the centre will be broadcast to 60 nations around the world, putting the industry in Queensland on show to a global audience.
Racing Queensland Chairman Steve Wilson said the project would redefine racing in the sunshine state.
“The approval of the GBGC is a momentous occasion for the greyhound code,” Mr Wilson said.
“Not only will we deliver a state-of-the-art racing complex, but we will provide an invaluable community asset.
“GBGC is a once-in-a-generation project, and we look forward to delivering a local amenity that will be enjoyed for decades to come.
The GBGC will replace the current greyhound tracks at Albion Park and Ipswich Showground.