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Path cleared for $60m equestrian facility in Mary Valley

THE Mary Valley could become home to a  $60 million equestrian  facility with Premier Campbell Newman backing the sale of a 1600ha property for quarter horse racing.

It would deliver almost 150 jobs in the process.

Speaking in Houston as part of his travels through the United States, Premier Newman said Australian Quarter Horse Racing Development reached a deal with the state to buy the Mary Valley land.

The American Quarter Horse is bred as a sprinter, able to speed over shorter distances.

Mr Newman said the group had plans to build a hotel, stables to house 400 horses, an equestrian school and residential project.

"While there are still a number of milestones the company will need to achieve, this proposal has the potential to transform the Mary Valley with the creation of a new multi-million dollar industry and up to 145 jobs," Mr Newman said.

It will be Australia's first quarter horse racing facility. It would not include racing other breeds.

The Mary Valley was left reeling after the former state Labor government bought up much of the area's property ahead of its doomed Traveston Dam project.

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