EXCITED: Allan Murnane is one the driving forces behind quarter horse racing at Bollier Park, near Imbil.
EXCITED: Allan Murnane is one the driving forces behind quarter horse racing at Bollier Park, near Imbil. Craig Warhurst

No lease yet for Mary Valley quarter horse park

THE Mary Valley's $50 million quarter horse project edged closer to fruition this week, though no lease on Bollier Park has been signed between the State Government and Australian Quarter Horse Racing Development.

AQHRD managing director Allan Murnane says he and other members of the project have been liaising with interested parties throughout Australia and offshore to bring in the appropriate experts and associated industries.

They are also in the process of completing studies and plans evaluating the Tuchekoi Rd site and the quality, numbers and age of Australian racing quarter horses.

"This will go worldwide," Mr Murnane said this week.

"That's a given. We know that from the people we are talking to.

"(The races) will go directly to hand-held phones in Paris, Europe, Asia and South America."

"That kind of exposure is incomprehensible.

"That is one of the big intangibles - the opportunities that this exposure is going to create."

Mr Murnane thanked the State Government for the help it was giving AQHRD in "opening doors" to help see the project to fruition.

"I am feeling really, really good and confident," he said.

"The beauty of this project is that the community - right through to the government - we are all on the same page.

"Everyone wants this to happen. There is a really positive approach to the whole thing."

Member for Gympie and chairman of the Mary Valley Economic Development Advisory Group, David Gibson, said this week the signing of the agreement for lease between AQHRD and the Queensland Government for land in the Mary Valley would clear "the hurdle of the latest milestone in this project".

"I know the residents of the Mary Valley are anxious to see progress with the project, but as with all major projects there is a lot of planning work that needs to occur," Mr Gibson said.

"The potential economic benefits for our region along with the opportunity for the quarter horse industry to be a renewal driver for the community in which we work and live is massive and we want to ensure that the proponent gets the planning right."

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the government had promised to grow the Queensland economy "and progressing this project shows we are delivering on this promise". "As with all major projects in Queensland, there is a lot of negotiations and planning to undertake," Mr Seeney said.

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