Cessnock City Council thinks ahead
Cessnock City Council is always on the lookout for new opportunities and the relocation of the Newcastle Paceway to the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) is now on the agenda.
The Newcastle Harness Racing Club has a long-standing lease on the paceway located in Broadmeadow, which it has had since 1989. The club may soon be looking for a new home with the lease set to expire in 2027 and there have been recent discussions about redeveloping the existing precinct.
Cessnock City Council is looking to seize the opportunity and earmark Cessnock as the perfect spot if the Newcastle Harness Racing Club considers a relocation in the future.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said a facility like this would be well suited to our community and have economic benefits with increased visitors.
“Harness racing is hugely popular in the Cessnock LGA, with a large number of trainers and owners in the area, and it would be great to see this built upon.”
“Given our central location, ease of access with the Hunter Expressway and rapid growth predicted, we are a prime spot for a new paceway,” added Cr Pynsent.
Council will write to the Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot Macdonald and the Newcastle Harness Racing Club to set up a meeting to discuss future plans.
Council will also investigate potential sites for the paceway that will include, but not be limited to vacant land close to the Hunter Expressway, along with existing sites for possible redevelopment.