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Master Planning & Design Phase – Deagon Racecourse


Racing Queensland has taken the next steps to ensure the redevelopment of the race course will be well planned and include a multi-purpose State Training Centre.

Racing Queensland (RQ) have announced that it has appointed a professional town planning firm and an architect firm to commence the initial planning phase and concept master planning for Deagon.

Urbis has been chosen as the town planning firm and Cox Architecture as the design firm to assist in producing the overall design and building concepts for the Deagon Racecourse master plan.

The State Training Centre forms part of the strategic objective for RQ, to address declining residential stabling numbers in South East Queensland and solution to provide a training environment for apprentice jockeys and stable hands.

Community engagement activities throughout 2020 will be established, to ensure the local community, racing industry and stakeholders have a say in the master planning process.

Stirling Hinchliffe, Racing Minister and Member for Sandgate outlined the milestone made and importance of appointing Urbis and Cox Architecture to assist with the master planning process.

“Under the RQ proposal, the State Training Centre would serve as a state-of-the-art equine precinct, supporting the heritage requirements placed on Deagon to maintain its status as a racing and sporting precinct,”.

“Just as importantly, however, they have committed to working with their technical advisors and the community to explore what additional uses could compliment the site.” he said


Equine Precinct
– stabling for 200+ horses
– equine training uses
– state training centre
(apprentice jockeys, stable hands and associated industry services.)

Community / Sporting Uses
– sports facilities
– community farm / farmers markets.

Dining / Shopping / Entertainment Precinct
– retail outlets
– small entertainment use
– dining/cafe and other hospitality offerings.

Deagon Redevelopment – Economic Uplift
– up to 900 construction jobs over the life of the project
– up to 60 new racing jobs ongoing
– injection of funds into local economy.

State Training Centre of Excellence for Racing Including:
– horse stabling & vet services
– short stay accommodation
– classrooms.

Community Amenity Including:
– shopping/markets
– dining
– entertainment.

Living Options Including:
– residential
– aged care/retirement.

RQ aims that the Deagon Racecourse will form part of the local area and provide a number of land uses to compliment the location. The final design and list of uses will form part of a development application located with Brisbane City Council.

Brendan Parnell, CEO of Racing Queensland was pleased to see the project taking the next steps.

“We’d like to quadruple the current stable numbers at Deagon, so it’s great to see the project advancing,”

“The declining stabling numbers in South East Queensland is one of our real challenges and the establishment of a multi-purpose State Training Centre is viewed as a key solution.

“Additionally, it would also allow us to create a world-class training and education environment for our participants and usher in a new era for racing in Queensland.”  Mr Parnell said.

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Source: Information, Drawings and Images
All article information is sourced and available for review from referenced locations.
Media Statement from Racing Queensland
Media Statement from Racing Queensland – July 2019
RQ Master Planning


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