Seven New Members Added To Board Of Harness Racing Victoria

Seven New Members Added To Board Of Harness Racing Victoria

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Minister Appoints New Harness Racing Board

Victor P Taffa

Victoria’s harness racing industry is set to be revitalised under the leadership of a new board, with members highly skilled in the areas of integrity, animal welfare, marketing and governance taking office.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of seven members to the board of Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) following a four-month expression of interest process.

Dale Monteith, former CEO of the Victoria Racing Club and the Melbourne Racing Club will chair the board. Former Rothacker Medallist Elizabeth Clarke, a long-time participant in the Victorian harness racing industry and a member of the board since 2012, has been appointed as deputy chair.

“I’m pleased to announce the appointment of the new members to the Board of Harness Racing Victoria today.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

“The diverse range of skills and knowledge will enhance Harness Racing Victoria’s ability to develop and promote the sport in this state.”

The other members, who will each serve a three-year term, include veterinarian Catherine Ainsworth, media and communications expert Jane Brook, lawyer and integrity official Brett Clothier, former AFL Coaches Association CEO and passionate harness racing participant Danny Frawley and experienced public servant and harness breeder Peter Watkinson.

The appointment of the new board follows key recommendations from the 2015 Audit of Harness Racing Victoria Report and subsequent amendments to the Racing Act 1958, introduced in October last year.

The report recommended modernising the board membership and appointment process to allow for a greater balance of skills and expertise.

Under the amendments, the Minister for Racing can now appoint individuals with the relevant skills, experience and knowledge necessary to assist HRV to carry out its functions.

“The harness racing industry is a major contributor to the Victorian economy and supports jobs in our regional cities and towns.” Mr. Pakula said.

“I thank the previous board members, including former chair Ken Latta, for the substantial contribution they have made to harness racing in Victoria.”

The Victorian harness racing industry contributes $421.8 Million annually to the Victorian economy and supports almost 4,000 full-time equivalent jobs, mainly in regional Victoria.