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.
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
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.