THE relocation of the Sale Greyhound Racing Club has taken another step toward becoming reality.
A combined planning scheme amendment and planning permit application to establish a new greyhound racing and function complex has been approved by the Minister for Planning. Wellington Shire Council sent the changes to the minister for approval in March.
The amendment and permit will allow for the development of a new high quality racing facility on the northern side of Maffra-Sale Rd and establish Sale as the regional headquarters for greyhound racing in eastern Victoria.
Development of the new complex will be guided and informed by the preparation of a detailed development plan for the whole of the site which the greyhound club is required to prepare as a next step in the planning process.
The preparation of a development plan ensures the new facilities are appropriately planned and the required measures are put in place to protect the amenity of the surrounding area.
Sale Greyhound Club manager Peter Johnston commended Wellington Shire Council for its ability to move this project in a positive manner.
“The concept of a new function/greyhound facility first started in 2008 and with thanks to the McLachlan family, who sold the club the land, the project can now enter the next phase,” he said.
“The new facility is set on 44 acres on Maffra-Sale Rd, 300 metres adjacent from our original venue.
“The area will encompass parkland areas, walking and bike tracks for all the public to enjoy. There will also be large functions facilities, bistro, cafe, sports bar and all the facilities you would expect to find in a club environment.”
Wellington Shire mayor Scott Rossetti said this was a significant economic development opportunity not only for Sale, but Wellington Shire.
“Council looks forward to working closely with the club to bring this exciting project to fruition,” he said.