I trust that you and your loved ones are enjoying and appreciating the opportunity to return to some “normality” in our lives. Again, my thanks are extended to everyone for their support in these challenging COVID 19 times.
Annual General Meeting
You will shortly receive in the mail details regarding our up-coming AGM which will be held at Wentworth Park on Sunday 12 December 2021 commencing at 10am. In addition to attending at Wentworth Park, members will be able to video to participate via video link. Details of this opportunity are included in your mailout. The 2020-2021 Annual Report, incorporating the audited financial accounts will also be in the mailout.
As you would be aware, we are required to present audited accounts to members that meet the accounting standards required. In addition to the audited accounts, you will also receive a booklet “2020/2021 Financial Results” which uses the figures from the audited accounts, however, is presented in a simpler format. As a result of great teamwork throughout the entire Association, especially amongst the track managers and their teams, we have achieved a record profit for the last financial year, and I hope you enjoy reading about this achievement.
I look forward to seeing lots of members at the AGM.
GRNSW Board of Directors
As you may be aware, there have been a couple of changes on the Board at GRNSW. Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said the appointments provided the Board with an array of experience, while bringing in fresh ideas. He announced that the GRNSW Board will be overseen by John Williams and Rebekah Giles, as chair and deputy chair, with Helen Moore to join the Board as a director.
John Williams has been a great ambassador for rural and regional Australia, Helen Moore has previously served on the GRNSW Board and Rebekah Giles is a practicing lawyer with a background in sports law and was previously a member of the GWS Giants board and chaired the integrity committee. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the entire GRNSW Board.
Ladbrokes Flight to The Phoenix
It is fair to say that the nominations to date to the heats of the Ladbrokes Flight to The Phoenix has not been as good as anticipated, however, we congratulate those who have dared to dream. I am confident that the semi-finals and final will be highly competitive and a worthy winner will head down to The Meadows to proudly represent NSW and look to win first prizemoney of $750,000!
Sincere thanks to our amazing partners Ladbrokes for the additional support of this unique event.
Save the Date – Association Dinner
The Association Dinner has been re-scheduled for Saturday 12 February 2022 at Wentworth Park. More information will be forwarded in December. I am sure the night will be special and memorable.
Around the Tracks
The lockdown period has certainly put enormous pressure on getting tradespeople and in some cases the necessary equipment and supplies.
The current up-date regarding the exciting and important projects is as follows.
Replacement of the lure rail will commence in a fortnight and the project will be undertaken with the least disruption as possible for participants.
Following the recent closure of the Bankstown slipping track we have decided, on a trial basis, to provide participants slipping opportunities at Appin on Friday mornings 8am to 10am commencing Friday 3 December 2021. Slips will be $5 each and will need to be booked via On the Clock. For further details please contact our wonderful track manager Peter Harper on 0434 368555
Discussions continue with Bathurst council in relation to the kitchen up-grade. A meeting is scheduled for the next fortnight with GRNSW to discuss the very important project that will see the driving tower moved and up-graded together with supporting projects. The tracking lighting up-grade will be completed in the next 10 days.
A new TECO lure motor was recently installed and the track lighting up-grade will be completed in the next 10 days.
New air conditioning will be installed across the main viewing area on December 13th and 14th. Electrical upgrades are currently in the works, which will improve safety for everyone.
An order has been placed for the judge’s tower at Gunnedah.
Asphalt project is locked in for early December. The new tractor arrived at the track in October and was warmly welcomed by John and Scott.
The Group 2 Lismore Workers Club Lismore Cup was won in impressive fashion by Cash View with Robert Cooke the proud breeder, owner and trainer.
The new lure motor was installed late October 2021. Discussions continue with GRNSW in relation to a new 300m start at the track.
All of the cables for the starting boxes, track sensors and televisions have been replaced and upgraded. Council have approved our application to erect the new machinery shed.
Frank Hurst took out the 2021 Ladbrokes Future Stars with Ties That Bind.
New reverse cycle air-conditioning will be installed in the kennels before the end of the year. We have placed an order for a new machinery shed.
National Rules Review
The new National Rules are set to take effect from January 31, 2022. GWIC, in conjunction with Greyhounds Australasia are hosting sessions to enable participants to hear about the new proposed National Rules and provide any feedback orconcerns. The forums will be held online:
• Wednesday 24th November, 3 – 4pm
• Friday 26th November, 10am – 11am
You can register for the forums here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2RS886L
A further round of consultation and feedback sessions will be held by GWIC, GRNSW and NSW GBOTA at Goulburn, Richmond and The Gardens tracks in the first week of December. Information on these sessions will be released shortly through emails to participants, and on the GWIC and NSW GBOTA websites – keep an eye out.
Participant Support Program
This is a very challenging time for everyone, and I encourage you to keep an eye on your friends, family and your mates at the track. We are here to support everyone in the industry. If you, or someone you know is doing it tough, and needs assistance of any kind, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our participant support program has been set up to provide confidential support and help to anyone in our industry in need. You can phone free call 1800 955 670 for a confidential discussion.
Please stay safe and take care,