Greyhound Racing Victoria Chair Bernie Carolan Resigns

Greyhound Racing Victoria Chair Bernie Carolan Resigns

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Greyhound Racing Victoria Chair To Depart

Victor P Taffa

Bernie Carolan will step down as Chair of Greyhound Racing Victoria after a 4-year term that has brought significant progress for the code.

“Bernie took on the difficult task of turning around a code that was in genuine crisis and he has done a great job for an industry that supports more than 4,300 full-time equivalent jobs in Victoria.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

“Code is in a far better position than when he took over and the challenge now is for its leaders to continue this progress.”

Mr. Carolan was appointed GRV Chair in 2015 and he has led greyhound racing through a period of upheaval caused by the live-baiting scandal to deliver sustained reform and growth.

Mr. Carolan’s contribution to greyhound racing and the wider racing industry has been outstanding.

GRV has addressed all 39 recommendations made in reviews led by Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna and Victoria’s then Chief Veterinary Officer Charles Milne.

A new era of greyhound racing in Victoria has produced advancements on several fronts, including:

  • Prizemoney and other returns to participants rising from $42 Million in 2014-15 to a record $45 Million last season.
  • Wagering turnover up by 41 % over 4 years, from $1.6 Billion to $2.26 Billion.
  • Rehoming of former racing dogs, including through GRV’s Greyhound Adoption Program, increasing by 50 % between 2015-2018 from 1,755 to 2,641.
  • Number of greyhounds euthanised falling by 69 % from 3,166 to 975 in the same period.

Mr. Carolan has been a long-time contributor to the Victorian community. He held a number of senior roles in the transport sector, serving as chief executive of Metlink Victoria and the Transport Ticketing Authority and as managing director of M>Tram.

As head of the Transport Ticketing Authority he was tasked with completing the introduction of the myki system.

Mr. Carolan will relinquish his position as GRV Chair on 30 June but will remain on the board while an appointment process takes place. Deputy Chair Peita Duncan will be GRV Acting Chair during this time.

Abbreviations:

GRV               Greyhound Racing Victoria