Floods ravage race meeting
THIS weekend's scheduled Killarney Cup at the Warwick Turf Club Allman Park racecourse has been cancelled due to the recent impact of floodwaters.
"The entire track was covered in water and there is about 300m of rail missing from about the 800m, and with half the track still under water we will have to wait and see what's underneath," said Warwick Turf Club vice-president Nick Inmon.
It's a major setback for the club that is still getting back on its feet from the 2011 floods and losing the Warwick Cup and Boxing Day meetings in successive years.
"We're lucky. On first look, it hasn't got into any of the buildings, though we have a lot of work to get done to return the track to racing, and parts of the sand track have washed away," he said.
"We are a volunteer organisation with only three part-time employees, so we will be looking for the public to help if they can over the next few weeks.
"It was just lucky that caretakers Dave and Jackie managed to get most of the machinery and other irrigation gear off the track in time."
The committee will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss the plans for upcoming working bees. Club members and the public will be notified through the Southern Downs Weekly and Warwick Daily News.
"At the moment there's not much we can do down at the turf club, but our thoughts go out to Killarney who have been fantastic sponsors of the race day and we are hoping Racing Queensland will allocate us another race day so we can holding the meetings in the near future."