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Victoria Minister for Racing Denis Napthine

Help Drive Victoria’s Harness Racing Industry

Victor P Taffa

Opportunities are open for individuals to be at the forefront of the future success of harness racing in Victoria Minister for Racing Denis Napthine announced today.

Dr. Napthine said expressions of interest are currently being sought from qualified individuals to join the Board of Harness Racing Victoria (HRV).

There will be a number of vacancies for the HRV Board arising during 2013. Members are appointed for a period of up to three years.

“We are calling on leaders in racing, business and marketing who are committed to leading Victoria’s harness racing industry into the future and ensuring it remains a national leader.” Dr. Napthine said.

“Harness racing is a major contributor to Victoria’s economy with an annual economic impact of $250 Million and more than 2,300 jobs across the state.”

“HRV was responsible for the conduct of almost 500 race meetings across 26 tracks in 2011/2012, with $34 Million distributed in prize money. Victorian punters turned over almost $500 Million on harness races through the totalisator and bookmakers.” Dr. Napthine said.

“HRV is undertaking a number of actions to reinvigorate harness racing and make sure a competitive and entertaining product is provided to the public.”

“The Victorian Coalition Government is seeking qualified individuals to contribute to this direction, particularly those with experience in racing, breeding, sports administration, business, marketing or public relations.”

“Interested applicants need an understanding of board governance together with the energy to provide the industry with solid leadership and direction.” Dr. Napthine said.

Harness Racing Victoria is a statutory body established under the Racing Act 1958 with responsibility for the regulation, management and promotion of harness racing in Victoria.

The Harness Racing Victoria Board comprises up to seven members, one as Chairperson and one as Deputy Chairperson, all with a range of expertise and experience. Advertisements seeking expressions of interest will be placed in the racing section of major metropolitan newspapers and relevant industry publications. Expressions of interest close on Friday 15 February 2013.

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