Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club Master Plan
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club has identified the need for a Master Plan for its facilities on the Kalgoorlie Race Course to set parameters for future development and upgrading of existing facilities to ensure the long term viability of the organisation.
The Kalgoorlie Racecourse is unique in Australia as containing the most preserved set of heritage buildings still in use for racing purposes. However, over time these buildings have been adapted or become disused because of the changing needs of racing operations.
The Master Plan for the site proposes to re-use all existing heritage buildings, together with a rationalisation and expansion of the range of facilities on the site.
In an environment of decreasing on-course betting and closures of many Regional WA horse racing facilities it is critical to increase the viability of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club’s facilities.
The facilities at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racecourse have suffered due to a lack of long-term, strategic planning for the future of the site. Unfortunately, heritage buildings have not been as best preserved as they could be and infrastructure constructed over the last 30-50 years is now looking tired, run-down and in need of attention in order to meet community expectations and standards.
The Master Plan will remain in draft form until all stakeholders have had input into the proposals.
Conservation Management Plan of Kalgoorlie Race Course
The proposed Master Planned development at the Kalgoorlie Race Course will impact generally positively on this Heritage listed place. This Heritage Impact Statement sets out to describe and evaluate that impact. The guiding principles of the proposed re-development are:-
- That demolition of structures and elements listed as being of significance is not considered.
- Options for adaptive re-use of structures and elements of significance are being considered where the original usage is no longer current or compatible with operations now or in the foreseeable future.
- Additions to structures and elements listed as being of significance will only be considered where required uses cannot be contained within the existing structure. Such additions will not dominate the Heritage place and their form and proportion will be in sympathy in terms of materials and design.
- New free standing developments will only be proposed in areas where there are structures and elements of little or no significance and where such new development does not impact on structures and elements of significance.
It is noted that Development Approvals for each building will be subject to individual planning application. This heritage statement relates to approval of the overall Master Plan for upgrading of existing facilities on the Kalgoorlie Race Course. Details of particular internal and external refurbishment and alterations or additions proposed are therefore addressed in broad form only. Assessment of the levels of significance of individual structures and elements is based on the 1996 Conservation Plan.
Reference should be made to the various detailed Master Planning diagrams in considering this Statement of Heritage Impact.
Heritage Impact Statement for Proposed Master Plan Development of Kalgoorlie Race Course
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club commissioned an update and revision of the existing Conservation Management Plan for the Kalgoorlie Race Course dated September 1994.
The purpose of the revised and updated Conservation Plan is primarily to re-assess what aspects of the place are of cultural significance and what policies need to be put in place to ensure the retention or recovery of significant fabric, elements and settings into the future.
Other objectives are to correct and update any discrepancies and bring to account changes to fabric, elements and settings that have occurred since 1994.
The Conservation Plan presents and analyses documentary and physical evidence of the place, assesses its cultural heritage significance and sets out a conservation policy and implementation strategy, inclusive of a schedule of priority for conservation works and ongoing maintenance.
In addition, the suitability of the place for adaptive re-use relative to proposed master planning of the study area was also to be considered in order to inform future decision making.
The revisions and re-assessment are to be carried out in accordance with the Burra Charter (2013) and the State Heritage Office, Assessment Criteria for Cultural Heritage Significance.