Greyhound Racing Industry Strengthened With Two New Oversight Roles

Greyhound Racing Industry Strengthened With Two New Oversight Roles

Tasmania Minister for Racing Jeremy Rockliff

New Roles To Strengthen Greyhound Racing Industry

Victor P Taffa

The Tasmanian Government is creating two new oversight roles to help support the greyhound industry, in response to the recent Joint Select Committee on Greyhound Racing in Tasmania, Minister for Racing Jeremy Rockliff said.

Funding of $230,000 will be provided for the appointment of a Regulatory Vet and a Stipendiary Steward to start ASAP. Further action to meet recommendations in the report will be announced soon.

Regulatory Vet will report to the Director of Racing and will be responsible for the delivery of contemporary veterinary practices to the Tasmanian racing industry.

 

 

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Provision of expert advice and race day veterinary services;
  • Oversight of industry training and learning programs to deliver a high degree of compliance, governance and animal ethics in the racing industry;
  • Overseeing the drug control regime.

Stipendiary Steward will assist the Chairmen of Stewards in the conduct of race meetings; animal welfare responsibilities including swabbing and identification of racing animals and persons; inquiries and the preparation of reports; and conducting stable and kennel inspections and race trials.

“Tasmanian Government supports the local greyhound racing industry and the hundreds of Tasmanians it employs, and these steps provide the industry with the opportunity to make reforms.” Mr. Rockliff said.