Murray Bridge Racetrack & Function Centre

SITE |  Brinkley Road, Gifford Hill

CLIENT  |  Murray Bridge Racing Club

CONSTRUCTION VALUE  |  $25 million -  Function centre $20m Racecourse $5m

The Murray Bridge Racing facility at Gifford Hill demonstrates FMG Engineering’s dedication to achieving successful outcomes for our clients throughout the entire life-cycle of a project.

 Over the 10-year engineering journey FMG worked closely with our project partners, valued clients and the community to develop this green field site into a state-of-the-art racing facility and function centre - future proofing thoroughbred racing in the broader Adelaide region.

“The new Murray Bridge track was what South Australian [thoroughbred] racing needed” ~ Tony McEvoy, Trainer

Early engagement in the project allowed the FMG team to optimise the site layout from the ground up. Detailed track planning allowed all aspects of the proposed facility to be value engineered – ensuring our client received the best value for money.

The sheer scale of this project required active project management, extensive planning and staging to ensure its success. As lead engineer for the racetrack, FMG oversaw the coordination of key contractors to facilitate the cost-effective delivery of all major engineering and construction requirements – saving the client from potential rework costs.

A previous green-field site, the FMG civil team designed extensive stormwater systems for the racetrack and an on-site wastewater treatment facility to service the 800-person function centre – providing all ongoing water management requirements.

In addition to the new track, stable areas and race day facilities, the architecturally designed multipurpose function centre will become a community hub for the future Gifford Hill residential development – creating a long-term income stream for our client.

The turf track itself features a state-of-the-art free draining profile to ensure racing can resume quickly during wet weather with minimised damage to the track - saving the client from potential lost income and undue maintenance costs.

 “The track is bloody outstanding,” John Hickmott said, “and it will continue to race that way.”

Murray Bridge Racing Club's Gifford Hill facility was officially opened on Saturday 10 August 2019

Project Benefits

  • State-of-the-art drainage design on the racetrack enables racing to continue on wet days with minimal damage to the track - saving the client from potential lost income and excessive maintenance costs.


 FMG Research testing on site for the Northern Connector - South AustraliaHigh quality materials and soils testing services at any time of the day or night.



Key Personnel 

Jeremy Clapp SA Manager - Buildings and Infrastructure

Richard Atkinson Housing Principal Engineer

Chris Clarke Principal Civil Designer



Who We Worked With



 Urban Development & Infrastructure






Project Management

Construction Management