Inaugural meeting of racing industry representatives

12 August 2022

Representatives from Queensland’s racing industry will come together to discuss key issues and opportunities at an inaugural stakeholder meeting later this month.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) is establishing the Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG), which will see racing industry leaders meet regularly.

QRIC Commissioner Shane Gillard said invitations for the first meeting went out this week.

“We’ve had a great response so far, we’re getting representatives from all three racing codes – thoroughbred, harness and greyhounds, and representatives from clubs, breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys and bookmakers,” Mr Gillard said.

“As the regulator, engaging with the industry is fundamental to the industry’s success and sustainability.

“The relationships we have with these stakeholders are so important, and I want to continue to develop and nurture them.

“It’s important for communication to be a two-way street; we want to hear about any concerns and issues racing industry stakeholders have. We want feedback about our work so that we can continue to improve.

“The people involved in the Stakeholder Reference Group are experts in their field, I want to ensure their views are heard, understood and properly considered and I plan to share information about the Commission’s strategic objectives.”

Mr Gillard said the SRG was an opportunity to discuss, amongst other topics, potential policy changes, stewarding and veterinary processes, animal welfare and race day management.

“We all have a shared goal of creating a sustainable racing industry where the highest integrity is maintained and animal care, for example, is imperative to this success,” he said.

The inaugural SRG meeting is planned for late August.  


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