Replacing rusty roof costs $70k
The Gore Racecourse main grandstand roof replacement is almost complete with final touches being made during the next week.
As the roof started rusting and paint started peeling it was bought to the race club's attention that something needed to be done.
Options were presented to the club to either re-paint the roof, which would have involved rust proofing, or to replace the whole roof with Coloursteel.
Gore Racing Club president Grand Copland said there was not much difference in cost so the club decided to replace the roof.
The project would cost about $70,000 but the final figure was yet to be calculated.
"We received a $30,000 grant from the Mataura Licensing Trust, which was great," he said.
Harness race trials were supposed to be held at the Gore track yesterday but had to be moved to Invercargill because scaffolding was still up.
There was no power in the grandstand because it had been disconnected, Copland said.
Each year the Gore racecourse holds about 10 race meetings - five gallop meeting and either five or six harness meetings.
Next on the project front for the track was to upgrade the stables, which had also began to rust.
Asbestos had also been located in one of the stables, which was a health and safety issue, Copland said.
The race club had applied to New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing for funding to help cover costs of the stable upgrade.
They had also applied for health and safety funding due to the asbestos.
The next race meeting to be held at Gore will be harness racing on April 26.
The Southland Times