Expressions of interest (EOI) have opened for the A$37.5 million Gold Coast Turf Club redevelopment project.

Earlier this year, the business case for the multi-million-dollar transformation of Aquis Park in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia was approved by the state government, paving the way for a world-class facility to be established on the Gold Coast.

Work at the Turf Club will see the racing surfaces completely modernised including the installation of an all-weather synthetic track, along with the latest technology in lights for night racing; an in-field tunnel to provide increased equine welfare and health and safety benefits; and increased commercial opportunities.

Racing Minister Grace Grace said the EOI would provide prospective respondents with further information about the project, along with the tender process and a procurement timetable. Minister Grace said:

Investing in infrastructure and supporting events-based tourism is an important part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery from COVID-19. The redevelopment is expected to create 325 jobs during the construction phase and will add more than A$100 million to the local economy.

The Gold Coast racing industry already supports almost 1100 local jobs from trainers and jockeys through to hospitality workers, farriers and equine nurses. This project will transform Aquis Park into a world-class facility and Australia’s best night racing track.

Following the EOI, Racing Queensland will select a shortlist of respondents to go to a Request for Tender next month.

The project is then expected to commence following next year’s Hollindale Stakes in May with the installation of the all-weather synthetic track which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.

In 2023, the re-construction of the course proper and installation of the lights is scheduled to occur, which will allow racing to return under lights from early 2024.