AS I drive from home to work and back every day, I see three of this city’s laziest assets.
Between them, Sale horse racing track, the Sale Dish-licker Track and Sale Showgrounds (come mobile-retirement village) probably represent tens of millions of dollars in unrealised value.
The horse-racing track gets used once or twice a month at most.
The dish-lickers run around once a week at best.
The showgrounds get used once a year; a bit more often when hordes of bored, aging and greying gypsies coalesce for a whine about the youth of this world.
All three venues could be easily situated on the one venue: the Greenwattle race track.
The racecourse could readily house all three venues, and using a single set of entertainment infrastructure, could cater readily as a pokies, eatery, function and management centre for all three institutions.
There is ample room in the centre of the track to situate and conduct the annual Sale Show, as well as have a dish-licker track running inside the horse-track.
All three venues could be managed, administered and maintained by one entity, saving three entities a heap of annual operating costs.
This sensible decision would release about 115, 00 square meters of real estate on the Sale-Maffra and Dawson St intersection for residential housing, with an unimproved valuation of about $25 million and an improved valuation of perhaps as much as $75 million.
The proceeds of the sale of the showgrounds and dish-licker track could easily fund the development works required at Greenwattle racecourse so that all parties would be housed in refurbished infrastructure, at much reduced annual operating costs, and save the taxpayer and users in ongoing patronage fees.
There’s ample parking off the Sale-Maffra road, hence avoiding the parking chaos that is the annual show.
The council gets more than 200 new residences to be able to collect rates and services from, and the town maintains a pleasing visage and town plan, with concentrated entertainment precinct to which it could arrange daily and evening bus services for the folks needing to lose their money gambling.
No-one loses out of this.
Well, that’s not entirely true.
The folks lining up to “influence” council and its representatives into rezoning farmland surrounding Sale might get a bit stroppy.
Having sought and bought up these farmlets and smaller 50 acre lots for future pocket-lining and build-up the familial wealth already desperately looking for ways in which to spend it before the kids blow it all.
How can this idea fail?
Let’s watch and see who barks about it or in fact does something for or against it.
As the adage says, follow the money.