Ipswich Turf Club Receives Full Funding Worth $24.8 Million for Redevelopment

A significant amount of funding was handed over to the Ipswich Turf Club as it seeks redevelopment of its overall infrastructure, amenities and equipment.

In early September 2019, Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe announced that the scheduled upgrade of the historic Ipswich Turf Club is on track. The Ipswich Turf Club will receive $24.8 million of state government funds for its redevelopment project.

According to Mr Hinchliffe, included amongst the list of upgrades needed by the club are the following:

  • A function centre
  • New tie-up stalls
  • Carpark
  • Widening works to T.L. Cooney Avenue
  • Replacement of the decades-old irrigation infrastructure and drainage

Given the anticipated refurbishment of the Bundamba club, a cross-section of replacement clubs will be utilised. These clubs include Doomben, Beaudesert, Toowoomba, and Lockyer.

Ipswich Turf Club
Photo credit: Ipswich Turf Club /Facebook

Mr Hinchliffe confirmed that the stewards and jockeys had already commenced in accessing the club’s new purpose-built function centre on race days.

“The new racing amenities include an expanded female jockeys’ room that replaces the cramped and outdated quarters at Bundamba,” he said.

“To help with race day operations, stewards will have high-tech equipment and there’s also a dedicated media centre.”

Vibrant Hub for the Community

The Ipswich Turf Club is considered to be a critical component of the state’s racing infrastructure. Since its establishment in 1848, the club has been hosting almost 50 race meetings a year, and it also serves as a training facility for thousands of Queenslanders to enjoy. 

Ipswich Turf Club
Photo credit: Ipswich Turf Club /Facebook

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard and Member for Bundamba Jo-Anne Miller express their support for the redevelopment of the Ipswich Turf Club by sharing how the club’s upgrade would serve as a great asset for the region.

“It’s incredibly encouraging to see the progress that’s being made on this much-anticipated upgrade to our turf club. The Ipswich Turf Club is a rich part of our history and now, with the upgrade, an exciting and important part of our future,” Jennifer Howard said. 

“This project will help future-proof the Ipswich Turf Club and will continue to be a facility enjoyed by thousands of Queenslanders each year,” Jo-Anne Miller said.

Enjoy the Horse Track for a Cause at Ipswich Turf Club For The Second Annual Glen Stower Memorial Race Day


Sisters Holly and Becky Stower are once again encouraging locals to join their fundraiser in support of Cancer Council Queensland, the second annual Glen Stower Memorial Race Day which will take place on the 15th of December at the Ipswich Turf Club. The event will run from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is their way honouring the memory of their father who lost his 10-month battle with lung cancer in 2015.

Becky Gifford, Dad Glen Stower, and Holly Stower. Taken in 2014, on their last Father’s Day together. (Photo supplied)


Glen’s Story, in Holly’s Words

A 2014 visit to his GP for removal of sunspots, and a casual mention of a chronic cough that he had, led to the eventual diagnosis of Stage 4 lung cancer for Glen Stower.

“Our dad was a much loved poppy, partner, uncle, mate and colleague. At the time of his diagnosis he was only 55 years old, with countless hopes, plans and dreams for the future that he never had the opportunity to realise. He battled cancer with courage, grace and an unfaltering will to live.”

“When the results were finally delivered, our worst fears were confirmed – Stage 4 lung cancer. The disease had already spread to his spine and ribs and there were no “active” treatment options. Suddenly, at age 55 dad was dying. He was given a prognosis of 9 – 12 months.”

After suffering the loss of his physical independence as the disease spread, courageously going through palliative chemotherapy, and braving the painful spread of cancer to his bones, Glen Stower died peacefully at home in May 2015, 10 months after he was first diagnosed.


A Tribute to Dad

From their family’s shared experience, Holly and Becky felt that it would be a fitting tribute and memorial to their Dad’s battle with cancer to put up a fundraiser in his name.

“Sadly we know that dad’s story is not the only one of its kind. As a result of this terrible disease, many people will suffer as he did and many families will experience the same helplessness and grief that we have,” Holly said.

They also felt that it would be beneficial to other families who are going through or have gone through the same experience with their loved ones.

“Becky and I created the annual Glen Stower Memorial Race Day fundraiser, not only as a legacy for dad but also because we’d like to think that in some small way we might be able to bring hope to other families affected by cancer.”

“The Cancer Council Queensland is focused on providing all Queenslanders with the best possible prospects of preventing, detecting, effectively treating and surviving a cancer diagnosis. Ultimately any money we raise will contribute to their work in cancer research, support services for patients and their families and cancer prevention and early detection programs. We really hope that one day a cancer diagnosis won’t have to be a death sentence, as it was for our dad,” Holly added.


Event Details

Participation in the event will cost $85 inclusive of entry, a race book, 3-course sit down lunch, 5-hour beverage package and trackside views of live horse racing. There will also be raffles held throughout the day with tickets priced at $5 each.

Local businesses are also encouraged to take part in this event to purchase race sponsorship packages for $450, which includes two tickets to the event and naming rights to the race.

Last year, their fundraising event has reached over $7,000. Hopes are high that this year’s event will solid support, as well. To date, donations have amounted to over $8,000 of the $12,000 goal.

For more details, click here. To donate funds, click here. For other enquiries, email Holly Stower.