Cannington Sidelined As $3 Million In Work Begins

THE home of West Australian greyhound racing will be offline for several months with Cannington undergoing extensive track maintenance. 

THE home of West Australian greyhound racing will be offline for several months with Cannington undergoing extensive track maintenance. 

The track hosted its final meeting before the shutdown on 26 May and is now in the hands of the builders.

Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) has initiated and is funding the maintenance project, which follows on from the redevelopment of the Mandurah track last year.

The $3 million project will "incorporate the latest in design and maintenance standards and ensure the highest level of care for racing greyhounds," according to RWWA Greyhound Operations Manager Peter Howell.

Key areas of the project are:

– Resurfacing the existing track and adjusting the camber 

– New starting boxes to match the those installed at Mandurah

– New rail and posts, which includes replacing the concrete plinth 

– New irrigation system

– Enlarging the catching pen area

– Replacement of the outside track fencing 

In the meantime, all race meetings have been transferred to WA's other two tracks, Northam and Mandurah.

Northam picks up the Thursday meeting in addition to the regular Monday raceday. 

Mandurah will host five meetings a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, although Sunday meetings will cease at the end of July.

Most of the Cannington feature race series will be conducted at Mandurah during the shutdown although the route to the Nationals will pass through Northam with the WA Sprint and Distance Championships to be held in the Avon Valley in August.

It is anticipated that the work at Cannington will be completed by the end of October.

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