Moonee Valley Racecourse
Aerial view of Moonee Valley Racecourse, looking west
|Location||Moonee Ponds, Victoria|
|Owned by||Moonee Valley Racing Club|
|Notable races||Cox Plates|
Moonee Valley Racecourse was established in 1883 by William Samuel Cox, who purchased a farm belonging to John F. Feehan for the purpose of establishing a racetrack. Being entirely freehold land owned by a private club, this separates Moonee Valley from other Melbourne racecourse such as Caulfield and Flemington. Expansion of the racecourse facilities occurred in the 1960s, funded by compensation for land acquired for the construction of the adjacent Tullamarine Freeway. In the 1970s harness racing moved to the Valley, when night trotting relocated from the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.
In 2009 the Moonee Valley Racing Club announced their redevelopment plans for the racecourse, with the relocation of the existing grandstands to make way for commercial and residential development. The works were estimated to cost $150 million, with $50 million in profit returning to the club. By 2011 the plans had expanded to cover four 20 storey high residential towers, to provide 2000 apartments and townhouses. Costing $1.4 billion, the racing club would receive $300 million. Some local residents and politicians were opposed to the plan.
- Andrew Lemon (7 April 2011). "Developer Proposes Housing Plan For Moonee Valley Racecourse". The Age. Archived from the original on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
- Matt Stewart (7 September 2009). "Mooney Valley Racecourse reveals grand plans for future". Herald Sun. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
- Jason Dowling (4 April 2011). "High-rise plan for racecourse". The Age. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
- James Twining; Baria Bol (4 April 2011). "Moonee Valley development will make kids worse off: MP". Moonee Valley Leader. Retrieved 8 April 2011.