In November, GRNSW announced the establishment of a Joint Working Group to assist with the development of GRNSW’s strategic approach and provide recommendations to the GRNSW Chief Executive on an implementation roadmap.
The members of the Joint Working Group are as follows:
• Patrick Hallinan (Chairman) - GRNSW
• Dr Elizabeth Arnott - GRNSW
• Wayne Billett - GRNSW
• Gary Clark - Industry
• Mark Duclos - Sky Racing
• Michael Eberand - Industry
• Kat Ernst - Industry
• Dr Ray Ferguson - Veterinarian
• Ryan Freedman - Industry
• Doug Freeman - Tabcorp
• Dale Monteith - Racing Executive
• Scott Parker - Greyhounds Australasia
• Michael Phillips - Industry
• Brenton Scott - Industry
The terms of reference require the Joint Working Group’s recommendations to:
a) address and further develop the high level strategic plan developed by GRNSW in conjunction with KPMG. Included within this task is a requirement that the Group consider and provide advice to the GRNSW Chief Executive on the options available to it to implement the strategies articulated in the Strategic Plan, namely:
(i) the development of New South Wales greyhound clubs as centres of excellence;
(ii) the improvement of wagering and financial reward landscape in New South Wales; and
(iii) the implementation of a new governance model, including (but not limited to) the appropriate structure of industry administration, particularly the operation and control of race clubs and meetings.
b) in addition to the matters at paragraph (a) above:
(iv) develop practical steps, actions and/or initiatives which can actively be taken to abolish (or at the very least lessen substantially) the overproduction, and unnecessary euthanasia, of greyhounds in the New South Wales industry;
(v) conduct a comparative assessment of grading systems within (A) Australian states and territories outside of New South Wales and (B) international jurisdictions; and
(vi) identify and provide recommendations as to best practice grading systems with the specific object of improving animal welfare outcomes in the industry, including but not limited to improved access, incentives and increased career longevity for greyhounds.
On 30 November 2015, the Joint Working Group called for feedback on a discussion paper which will help shape the strategic direction of greyhound racing in NSW.
The discussion paper - 'Development of a NSW greyhound racing strategic approach' - focused on following areas:
- Over-production and unnecessary euthanasia;
- Tracks as centres of excellence;
- Grading systems; and
- Wagering and financial landscape
Click here to view the discussion paper.
On 21 December 2015, the Joint Working Group released its draft report - 'Implementing reform in the NSW greyhound racing industry' - which attempts to outline a future of the sport that puts welfare at the centre of everything the sport does and which is supported by good governance and effective regulation, underpinned by strategies to ensure the financial sustainability of the greyhound racing industry into the future.
Click here to view the Draft Report.
In issuing the Draft Report, the Joint Working Group is now calling for feedback from industry stakeholders.
Submissions from stakeholders can be made by email to email@example.com.
Written submissions are due by 8am on 11 January 2016.
Alternatively, stakeholders are welcome to attend forums due to be staged across rural NSW in the early New Year period, where they will be able to voice their views and ask questions about the Draft Report.
These forums will be convened by GRNSW General Manager, Industry Reform Wayne Billett and will take place at the following dates/locations:
- Monday 4 January 2016: Wauchope
- Tuesday 5 January 2016: Tamworth
- Wednesday 6 January 2016: Coonabarabran
- Thursday 7 January 2016: Cowra
Times for all forums are 7pm – 9.30pm and will be held at the town's respective greyhound tracks.
Information garnered from these forums as well as the written submissions received will be provided to the Joint Working Group to assist in the preparation of the final report which is to be presented to the GRNSW Chief Executive by 29 January 2016.
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