A New Way Forward For Caulfield Racecourse Reserve

24 March 2016

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville today announced a new bi-partisan working group to find an agreed way forward on a new governance model for the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve.

The working group will provide independent advice on the long-term management of the Reserve, working with key stakeholders to establish a robust and accountable governance model that would result in legislative changes.

Members of the bi-partisan working group include:

  • Member for Caulfield, David Southwick
  • Member for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos
  • Independent Chair, Ken Ryan

The working group will report to the Minister in May.

In addition, the Trust is now working with all stakeholders to develop a Strategic Land Management Plan that will guide future use of the Reserve in line with all the reservation purposes.

That includes the areas to be used and occupied by the Melbourne Racing Club, as well as public facilities, such as sporting fields, recreational space, public access points and signage.

The plan will be finalised after the bi-partisan group completes its work.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville

“We are implementing the Victorian Auditor General’s recommendations by putting in place rigorous and modern governance structures.”

“The key focus of the bi-partisan working group is to find an agreed way forward on a modern and transparent governance model that provides the best possible outcomes for the use of this critical piece of public land.”

“It’s now time to get the long-term framework in place that reflects the Reserve’s role as a racing facility but also as a community asset which can be enjoyed by local residents.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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