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Oval grandstand demolished
WORK has started on the $2 mil-
lion Gawler Oval redevelopment, with
the old greyhound grandstand almost
Gawler Council finalised the terms and
conditions of the lease at its meeting late
last month, with Greyhound Racing SA
hoping to have the entire project completed
Greyhound Racing SA strategic projects
manager Scott Wuchatsch said the first
step was demolishing the existing grand-
"We've had our first site meeting with the
builder," he said.
"The demolition of the (existing) build-
ing has commenced."
Gawler greyhound meetings scheduled
for July 8 and July 13 have been relocat-
ed to other tracks to establish temporary
facilities at the track while work is under
Mr Wuchatsch said races would then
continue as normal while work on the new
development was in progress.
"We will be racing right through the pe-
riod, Tuesday and Sundays, we'll have tem-
porary facilities set up," he said.
"We will run right through
December, when it is expected to be com-
GRSA executives have been working for
several years to reach a decision on how
to upgrade the kennel house and former
grandstand on the property, which is also
used by the Gawler Central Sporting Club
and Gawler Show Society, as well as the
Gawler Greyhound Club.
The project includes an updated two-
storey facility with a viewing platform, exte-
rior lighting, children's playground, 60 car
parks and updated landscaping.
The old greyhound grandstand at the Gawler Oval has now almost been completely
PHOTO: Carl Pfei er
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of the demolished
DOMINIC Shepley will step down as
Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club chief
executive at the end of August.
The Gawler Racecourse has come a long way
in Mr Shepley's two-and-a-half-year tenure and
he will leave the jockey club in good stead.
"The 31st of August is the end of my con-
tract and I have decided not to pursue a new
one," Mr Shepley said.
"I am looking for another challenge, to do
"I have something (in mind), but nothing
"Because I've got seven or eight weeks to do
it, I will have a look at a couple of opportuni-
ties that are in front of me."
Mr Shepley has enjoyed the challenges he has
faced in his time at the historic course and is
hopeful the jockey club can go on to bigger and
better things in his absence.
"We have made it as vibrant as we can," Mr
"We have made some hard decisions and,
hopefully, that can continue to happen and the
place will grow again."
It is unknown at this stage who will take over
the role, but with September's Gawler Cup fast
approaching, Mr Shepley is hopeful of a clean
"Naturally, we are hoping for a really smooth
transition and the club to be in as good a shape
as we can leave it," Mr Shepley said.
Mr Shepley took over as head of the race-
course in February 2012, that followed a five-
year tenure as Norwood Football Club chief
executive, taking the club to the 2010 grand
A Freeling resident, Mr Shepley is currently
president of the Freeling Football Club.
Finish line in
sight for Shepley
We have made it as vibrant
as we can. We have made some hard
decisions and hopefully that can
continue to happen and the place
will grow again.
Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club chief executive Dominic Shepley is preparing to sign o from
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