Mr Blue sounds like a sensible chap. If the asset is owned by the local community, then it's their decision, no one else's, to decide what happens to it. It is not up to an idiot in govt to tell them how to dispose of it.
I agree entirely and there are some under utilised tracks in the south. We should be looking at capitalising on the grassroots interest in racing, and not resort to this idiotic policy of close down every track they can get their paws on.