Sandown Racecourse under threat of development -implications

 
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
My brother alerted me to the V8 suoercars and the future of the Sandown racecourse. He didn't realise that would affect a model railway show. So  one quick google found this link:

http://vmag.com.au/sandown-500-under-threat-as-developers-move-in/

Seems both Sandown and maybe Caulfield are threatened.

So  developments could see two great model railway shows needing new venues.

I hope this goes nowhere !

Regards,
David Head

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  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Developers can say and think what they want. Until its zoned residential, they can take their fanciful ideas and get nodded. That said, councils can be bought.

So hypothetically it gets turned into a new mini suburb housing say 1000 max. Do we consider transport needs for said people??? Dandenong rail, Princes Hwy or Monash Fwy. LaughingLaughing Really??????? You have no transport option (unless you work locally).

Mindless idiocy and greed (usual driving forces for developers) at best, but I'm sure some poor fool would live there if it happened. Then again, if you're already living on this corridoor, you'd be used to dropping your strides daily.


As for the second part of dthead's post - model railway exhibitions.

Do we have too many in Melbourne, or too close together?? Should they only be on long weekends? For example did the Hobsons Bay one suffer being moved from Easter and not being on a long weekend?? Perhaps for another/new thread but an interesting question??? I'm sure venues have as we know changed in the past to where they are now, and may again need to in the future. Do we need to consider with venues, at what point does Christmas in July (but this year its in August) become WTF or even where?? What do attendance figures suggest, particularly at Sandown and (the premier event) Caulfield??

Regards
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
In regards to Sandown, my brother says some people want to save it as a historic venue, for motor racing and horse racing. But to me Money will talk.

It may just be speculation, and nothing comes of it.

Regards,
David Head
  dthead Site Admin
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Are they planning on closing the racecourse ?
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
In regards to Sandown, my brother says some people want to save it as a historic venue, for motor racing and horse racing. But to me Money will talk.

It may just be speculation, and nothing comes of it.

Regards,
David Head
dthead
Interesting history I was told by my 93 year old Father.
The Young Family were Market Gardeners and owned thousands of acres of local land, including Sandown Racecourse and Sandown Greyhound track or was that Springvale Greyhound track, where the Springvale Town Hall now stands? They fed Melbourne for many years.
Anyway His Great Grand Father and  brothers set up the first Sandown Horse Racing track way back then. He must have upset the NOBS in Spring Street, because they legislated him out of business creating licenses which went to Moonee Valley and Flemington. Only after a few Race Meetings, he was stopped from racing. He fought the Melbourne Elite, let the other family interests go, until the Depression finally arrived. When he finally went broke the Spring Street Elite upped the rates, bankrupted him, and took it all off the family.
It was a training track for years, and a bit agricultural, until revived after the war and finally admitted to the Spring Street Elite Racing Clubs, under their ownership, of course. My Dad was quite upset about how they went about it. The family was poor Irish stock made it big, which meant they were fair game for the English Gentry and their Jewish money lenders of Spring Street
He has no love for land grabbers either, eh Developers?... Scum of the earth!! no better than Lawyers Smile I lived on the final parcel of land opposite Sprigvale Town Hall in the 60's after Grandfather Bob, finally retired and gave his sons a block of land each. 4 sons and another family member better not mentioned all lived in a row for many years.
Cheers
Rod Young

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