The Moonee Valley Racecourse is located within the Moonee Ponds Principal Activity Centre, approximately 7km north-west of Melbourne’s CBD.
Moonee Valley Racecourse has been the site of horse racing in Melbourne for over 100 years and is home to the premier weight-for-age race of Australasia, the annual W. S. Cox Plate. The Moonee Valley Racecourse was the first Australian metropolitan racetrack to conduct night racing and is considered to be the most appealing spectator racecourse in Melbourne.
The Moonee Valley Racing Club (the Club) has a long and proud history and seeks to ensure the long term viability of horse racing in Moonee Ponds by widening and realigning the racetrack and modernising racing facilities. In doing this, a significant and rare opportunity to provide for sensitive large scale urban renewal within a designated Principal Activity Centre has emerged .
Tract was engaged by the Club to help inform and influence the drafting of the Activity Centre Zone for the site. A key element to underpin this process was the preparation of a Master Plan for the site. Tract, in conjunction with the project team, embarked on a comprehensive Master Planning process in 2010 which resulted in the Moonee Valley Racecourse Master Plan being prepared and lodged in October 2011.
Following feedback from Moonee Valley City Council and the community, the Moonee Valley Racecourse Master Plan was amended in May 2013.
An Advisory Committee has been appointed by the Minister for Planning to provide advice on the Master Plan and all other relevant matters relating to the development of the site. Tract continues to provide planning and urban design assistance throughout this process.