Open meeting called to save city turf club

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE Turf Club will en- list the help of the Gladstone pub- lic with an open meeting on No- vember 30 to discuss the future of the club.

The club has been fighting a los- ing battle recently with regional racing taking a downward turn.

It also received news recent- ly that Queensland Racing had pulled out of a deal to move the track from Ferguson Park to the new Ashpond Seven area.

The move was seen as a saviour for the club, with the new facili- ties expected to put new life in the local racing scene.

Committee member Viv Pengel- ly said it was vital the Gladstone public supported this month's meeting for the future of the club.

Mr Pengelly said that if the meeting wasn't well attended there was the chance that the Gladstone Turf Club may need to close down.

"We are looking for people from all walks of life,'' Mr Pengelly said.

"Business and industry, partic- ularly industry, there isn't enough help from industry at the moment.''

Mr Pengelly said at present there wasn't even an established committee to assist the local club, something he was hoping to change through the public meeting.

Mr Pengelly said he was hoping to strike up a deal with other sporting clubs to keep the pro- posed move of the track to Ash- pond Seven alive.

"While the track's still there we have to push it as much as we can,'' Mr Pengelly said.

Mr Pengelly said if the move went ahead there was the possibil- ity of setting up an athletics track in the centre of the race track.

The local meeting will be fol- lowed by a meeting between Mr Pengelly and other local racing representatives and Racing Minis- ter Robert Schwarten in Rock- hampton on December 17.

The public meeting will be at the Gladstone Turf Club on No- vember 30 from 7pm.



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