New South Wales
ATC would be greatly concerned if ATC land is sterilised due to the construction of Sydney Metro West.
Removal of the footbridge will need to be replaced with levelled access from P4 carpark into our site via Rosehill Station platform and Gate 3 entry.
This entry is critical to raceday and non raceday events as without this we don't have adequate entry into our site.
This project has already caused the loss of the heavy rail line that directly serviced Rosehill Gardens Racecourse front door. Further disruption would negatively impact our club even further.
Failure to provide adequate access at this location will also impact egress out of our site, on major days we use this as additional bus overlay in conjunction with TfNSW and NSW Police. Without this safe egress is compromised on major events ie. Golden Slipper Day/Golden Eagle Day/Caravan & Camping and any events of magnitude.
The current access/entry is also critical for those staying across at Rydges or travelling via Buses with Bus stop adjacent to rail entry, without this it compromises these customers and workers accessing our site.
This entry point would accommodate hundreds of thousands of guests accessing our site for both raceday and non raceday events each year. Taking this away would be like taking away our front door!
It is not feasible, nor practical, nor safe to direct patrons to walk down through the carpark and into the Might and Power crossing to our site, this would force customers to walk approximately 400m through the carpark whilst navigating vehicle movement.
This entry also accommodates industry access on a daily basis into the horse stalls, entry changes could cause major impact on the businesses within our Stabling precinct such as Chris Waller Racing, this could have safety flow on effects with fence jumping and unsafe crossing over James Ruse Drive.
Rosehill Gardens operates 365 days a year with activities including the training of over 440 thoroughbred horses, barrier trials, race days and non race day activities.
Rosehill Gardens generates $562.5 million in direct and indirect gross output to the economy supporting over 2000 jobs and is a key entertainment precinct attracting over 150,000 visitors on race days and over 300,000 non race day visitors per year.
ATC and the economy of western Sydney cannot afford to have this jeopardised.
ATC can't stress enough the importance of maintaining this as a major entry into our site. ATC requests like for like end state in terms of access and amenity on completion of Sydney Metro Stabling works.