Issued:Friday 4 November 2011 [PDF,80k]
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality, Racing and the Arts, George Souris, has encouraged Sydneysiders to be a part of history and join farewell celebrations at Royal Randwick Racecourse tomorrow.
Mr Souris said the historic trackside party will be the last race day at the birthplace of Australian racing before a $150 million redevelopment begins.
"I encourage absolutely everybody, especially those who may never have been to Royal Randwick, to take part in the „Grandstand Finish‟ race day and bid farewell to the old racecourse," Mr Souris said.
"Not only will you enjoy world-class racing and hopefully Sydney‟s great spring weather but you will get to have one last look at old Royal Randwick before its much anticipated transformation begins.
"Tomorrow will provide a fabulous opportunity to pay tribute to more than 150 years of racing memories as Royal Randwick prepares for an exciting new era.
"Redevelopment works start straight after tomorrow‟s race meeting and will continue through to autumn 2013.
"The project will deliver world-class spectator, dining and entertainment facilities including a new state-of-the-art grandstand, increased seating capacity by 112%, as well as a new Theatre of the Horse parade ring, delivering a new dimension of excitement for spectators.
"Royal Randwick is situated on the doorstep of Australia‟s global city and this extensive rebuilding project will not only benefit race day crowds but position Sydney to leverage fresh tourism and visitation with the new purpose-built sporting, recreation and event facilities.
"During the redevelopment works the racecourse will still host 17 race meetings including the 2012 Sydney Carnival in autumn which is a signature event on the Destination NSW events calendar.
"It is hoped that more than 15,000 people will take part in tomorrow‟s celebrations, with plenty of action both on and off the track including free entertainment for all the family, a giant race screen and the sinking of a time capsule.
"I encourage members, the general public and the racing industry at large to join these historic celebrations and bid farewell to the old grandstand as we keenly anticipate a bold new era for the traditional home of Australian racing."