The $1.36 million redevelopment of the Bunbury Trotting Complex in Western
Australia was completed by Thompson McRobert Edgeloe (TME). TME (later acquired
by Calibre Group) is a small multidisciplinary consultancy based in the
south-west of Western Australia. They specialise in Land Development and Urban
Infrastructure and more recently have entered into the design of harness racing
With the completion of this facility, Bunbury now has a harness racing track to
rival any in Australia, a track that is technically the fastest track in
Australia and ranks with the best in the world.
This project was
undertaken with ‘unbridled’ passion by TME Director of Engineering Wayne
Edgeloe, and the result is one of which the company and the Bunbury Trotting
Club are extremely proud.
The facility upgrade involved a total rebuild of the existing 800-metre track
and creation of a new World Class 960 Metre track. In conjunction with the
upgrade, the opportunity was taken to completely rationalise the stable complex
and bring together the previously scattered facilities around the track.
New stables, washdown bays, urinals, swab rooms, parade area, public viewing
areas, and judges/TV broadcast/stewards facilities were built. The focus of the
final development was not only to provide new facilities but also to ensure the
spectacle for the public was maximised and to ensure the long-term survival of
the harness racing industry in the Region.
The previous sub-standard
lighting was also increased five-fold to ensure that TV standard broadcasts
could be achieved. The power supply to the site and previous substandard
internal electrical systems were also upgraded and reinforced.
new world-class track, the Bunbury Club are now hopeful of gaining the rights to
hold the second set of the heats of the 2004 Inter-Dominions, the peak harness
racing event in Australia and New Zealand. This would bring an international
focus on the local community and would be a boon for harness racing in the South
Prior to commencing the design of the new track, TME Director Wayne
Edgeloe undertook extensive research that included inspections of key tracks in
Victoria. The final design solution developed is one on which fair and even
racing is possible with the added benefit of fast times.
radius/ spiral curve/ transition combinations have also combined to produce a
track which is optimised to reduce the stress experienced by horses racing on
The project was fully modelled using 12d Model, enabling the complex
combinations of geometry in the project to be readily optimised. The digital
model output from 12d was also then given to the contractor to enable the
construction to the 5mm tolerance on the finished surface.
model from 12d was also exported to 3D Studio Viz to construct digital images
and to produce a fully rendered digital movie of the trotting complex. Transfer
between the models was readily achieved and enabled a high quality presentation
to be produced in a very short time.
Since completion of this project, TME has been asked to
investigate a new harness racing facility for York and an upgrade of the current
facilities at Byford Trotting Complex. TME has also prepared concept plans for
the Western Australian Trotting Association for the possible expansion of the
Gloucester Park Facility in Perth from an 800-metre track to 960 metres.
TME has also recently been engaged by Harness Racing Victoria to design and
oversee the construction of a new world class 1000 metre track at Terang in
regional Victoria. The project was designed and modelled in 12d and construction
began in October 2002 with completion expected by March 2003.
The feedback on the track from users is best reflected in
the comments from leading Bunbury trainer Andrew DeCampo when he stated to the
press, “It's brilliant, mate, absolutely brilliant!”
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