Representatives of all TAB clubs met with GRNSW in October as part of the regular TAB clubs seminar.
The following issues were discussed at the seminar:
Track Maintenance Manager
It was noted that Bill Wilson has been appointed to the new role of GRNSW Track Maintenance Manager. Further it was noted that Mr Wilson is visiting each TAB track to undertake site inspections including sand sampling, equipment stock takes and preliminary surface evaluations. Club managers were asked to facilitate access to tracks and curators as part of this process.
Safety, Racing & Welfare Maintenance Fund
Following one year of operation of the fund, clubs were provided with a refresh on the funding scheme along with an opportunity to submit ideas on how to improve it.
Capital Expenditure Funding
Clubs were encouraged to actively apply for funding through local council and state government programs to assist with project costs for large scale upgrades, in particular, with those not directly related to racing. It was noted that some clubs have previously received funding from the NSW Government through the Community Building Partnership program and that this was an effective and useful program to assist clubs to improve their facilities.
Clubs noted that it would be useful in the future to be able to submit operating standards via a portal such as ClubsSecure, as well as funding requests. Further, given the move to electronic communication, it was suggested that it would be useful to be able to receive RCTIs and other financial related information via such a portal.
Clubs asked if it is possible to ‘top-up’ masters prizemoney levels at their race meetings. Further, clubs raised concerns about the starting age for Masters racing and a number issues around the programming and advertising of Masters races which is leading to some greyhounds missing out on starts. GRNSW is conducting a six month review of the Masters racing category in early 2015.
It was suggested there is a need for increased participant education around aspects of grading, for example, how to nominate online and on certain aspects of the Grading Policy. GRNSW agreed to incorporate regular grading information into the Chaser magazine.
Clubs requested an amendment to the race programming template that is used to submit their race programs to GRNSW.
Clubs requested the ability to see the names of the trainers next to the box draw and to be able to see fields in box draw order before draws, as used to occur in the old CGS system. It was believed that this would greatly assist clubs in finalising their race order to ensure trainers and greyhounds with special requests are positioned as best as possible.
Club managers suggested the creation of an early requests race database/system similar to that applied to problem box dogs. Under such a system it was proposed that a greyhound would need to undergo a vet examination before being added to the early race database, which would ensure the race it competes in ideally appears in the first half of a race meeting.
Sponsorship and marketing
GRNSW to distribute a sponsorship valuation report to assist clubs in valuing their sponsorship proposition and to assist in negotiations with potential sponsors. GRNSW also to offer marketing advice and assistance where possible upon request from TAB club managers.
Structure of future seminars
GRNSW to incorporate guest speakers on issues of importance to club operations.
Next TAB Club Seminar scheduled for early 2015
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