The Andrews Labor Government today introduced legislation to establish a new governing body to manage the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve.
The legislation, if passed, will enable the new independent body to manage the land for the purposes it was reserved – as a racecourse and public park.
The proposed change to management arrangements will bring it into line with other major Crown Land recreation precincts such as the MCG and MSAC.
The 54-hectare reserve is nearly 15 times the size of the MCG and located in the densely populated inner south-east.
In 2014 the Victorian Auditor General recommended improving the management and oversight of Caulfield Racecourse Reserve, and improving public access and recreational facilities.
The legislation change was recommended in 2016 by a bi-partisan working group established by the Labor Government.
Caulfield Racecourse Reserve is and will continue to be one of Australia’s premier racing facilities.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“This new independent body will ensure this landmark site is managed for the purposes it was originally reserved – a racecourse, and for public recreation and open space.”
“The proposed changes will improve governance of the reserve, bringing it into line with other similar major Crown Land recreation precincts such as the MCG and MSAC.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“For 138 years, Caulfield Reserve has been the home of the famous Caulfield Cup – and these new arrangements will ensure racing continues to thrive at Caulfield while allowing appropriate community use.”