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O.P. « 2015-Jun-27, 09:05 AM »
With the departure of the last man standing, CEO Darren Condon,  the Deagon whiteboard has been cleared of names as at June 2015.

Whilst the new Racing Minister Bill Byrne prepares amendments to the Racing Act to erase the QACRIB and its subsidiary Code Boards from the Statutes forever, the Queensland Racing Industry enjoys the transitional leadership of Jim Muir as RQ Chairman who employs KPMG's Ian Hall as his Chief Executive. 

In the meantime, the Industry eagerly awaits the Parliamentary debate on the Racing Act Amendments Bill estimated to occur mid September, and in the background, there is much posturing and positioning of wannabes keen to fill the new Directorships proposed by the MacSporran Commission Recommendation 2.  For those counting, this New Improved Racing Queensland model represents the 7th iteration of Control Body structures since Bob Gibbs gave the good ole Queensland Turf Club the flick late last century.  I wonder who will play Punxsutawney Phil this time.  :whistle:  Will Hayley Cotton be appointed one of the female Directors?  :chin:
 
 



Watch this space.





In this brave new world we have a Racing Minister who likes the Forum.  Dec 2015 may prove to be a milestone date.


UPDATE June 2016
It only took a year but he are the newest bunch to guide the industry to infinity and beyond, well at least until the next election due 2017 (I think)

Chair  Steve Wilson - very rich Baby Boomer (i.e. old man with more money than he could ever spend)
Steve made his squillions in the finance sector.  He can read financial statements, count numbers and is a friend of the Minister. Blimey, that has to be good for Racing.


Deputy (female)  Sharon Dawson - Gen X  (middle age, too old for a Facebook page (pity) but can still run up steps)
Shaz is a Nth Qld girl.  She is a Director of the family engineering business (Cairns & Townsville), but has the quals to be a teacher.  She has a few management skills bit really likes contract and project management.  I reckon she could help RQ build a grandstand or two.


Gallops Director Mark Sowerby - Gen Y (youngish whipper snapper who swims the English Channel when he gets bored)
Mark is a self made squillionairre from the investment finance sector, and seems actually capable of lateral thought.  That has to be a good thing.  Mark can be scary in the workplace because he cant stand anyone who lives in their own comfort zone, likes to poke people with a big stick and expects people to work 80 hrs a week without overtime.  Bit of a livewire achiever is our Mark.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaIiW0DVmqc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3-AYdovzsI


Harness Director Margaret Reynolds - Baby Boomer (i.e. old lady)
Marg has been around the Harness game since Adam was a boy.  Knows her Dolly Varden Winkers better than she is internet savvy.  Here is all you need to know about her
http://www.racinginquiry.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/209872/Margaret-Ann-Reynolds.PDF


Greys Director Dale Cartwright - Gen Y (i.e. almost middle aged man)
Dale sells Real Estate in Brissie's western suburbs (so he must be bloody loaded with cash, probably even owns a boat).  Has been yapping around the dogs for quite a while.  Never got mentioned at MacSporran, so he must be a goodie.


Independent Director Max Walters - Baby Boomer (i.e. old man)
Max once opened for Qld in the Sheffield Shield before he got serious about his life and he worked his way through the worlds of finance and management before becoming a manager of a big TV station.  Just stepped down from Brissie's Ch7.  Hopefully he will influence RQ to get Bruce McAvaney removed from our racing coverage, and bring back Frank Warwick.


Independent Director (female) Susannah George -  Young Gen Y (i.e. yuppy)
Oh Susannah, don't you cry for me.  Suzy is a sort of media personality / internet entrepreneur / marketing person.  She likes skiing, polo and speaks French (so does Ascot, did you know?).  Probably yet to watch a horse race from outside a tv screen in a marquee, but hey, that the way we all do it these days innit.  I am as guilty as Suzy.  Like me, she brings a youthful and bi-lingual perspective to the game.  And we sure need it.


Onwards and upwards eh.  Has to be better than that stuffy Dixon mob!!

New CEO is Eliot Forbes, a vet and racing administrator with long experience in the industry.  Pic to follow
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« 2015-Jun-27, 09:45 AM Reply #1 »
Welcome back Ascot.....I knew you couldn't resist another comeback. :clap2:

Darren went out without any rancour....not spitting the dummy....to his credit :thumbsup:

Although his departure was marked  with this closing comment on the now locked QACRIB thread by StanStill

"To think he thought he should keep his job might suggest he has been living on another planet possibly being carried there by an oversized drone."   :lol:

Giddy up :beer:
 
 

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« 2015-Jun-28, 09:14 AM Reply #2 »
There's Doom And Gloom and Fear and Anxiety......Cone of Silence from the powers that be.... according to Nathan Exelby ....although whatever became of "No news is good News"
Pretty strange that Tatts CEO Robbie Cook can't get past the minders to have a sit down with racing minister the Hon.Byrne :o

In the home delivery edition of the CM there's a pic of the bare dirt in the home stretch of EF right opposite the grandstand.

Racing Queensland’s cone of silence as industry negotiates turbulent waters

•   by: Nathan Exelby @xlbnathan_cmail
•   From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
•   June 27, 2015 3:07PM
 
Man down: Queensland racing’s prized asset, Eagle Farm racetrack, is still out of action. Pictu Mark Cranitch Source: News Corp Australia

CONFIRMATION of the previously established QTIS scheme at the weekend was a welcome ray of sunshine in a month of uncertainty for Queensland racing.
But Racing Minister Bill Byrne and interim Racing Queensland chief executive Ian Hall need to keep the answers coming to quell a growing sense of anxiety.
 
Racing Minister Bill Byrne. Source: News Corp Australia
These are turbulent times and changing times in Australian racing.

NSW has just secured a lucrative tax concession, which is sure to attract the attention of Queensland-based owners sniffing for bigger dollars across the border.
Meanwhile, Victoria is testing the waters with a historic free-to-air television joint venture.

In Queensland, our administration has been sacked, our best track has been on the sidelines for 12 months and the industry has been told it is broke.
With Darren Condon set to get his marching orders this week and no board members left, Racing Queensland has become a cone of silence.
And the lack of answers is infuriating industry participants.
Eagle Farm trainers, in particular, remain in limbo.
When will the tunnels be approved? Will they be approved?
Eagle Farm is the industry’s most important asset and its ongoing absence just adds to the black hole Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk so readily told the world about this month.

Byrne may have provided a public assurance there is nothing to fear, but more than three weeks have passed since the industry was told it has an $11 million black hole this year and a projected $21 million deficit for 2015-16.
Conveniently for those happy to see the former board’s reputation muddied, there has been no context given to the figures.
 
No notification of how many millions of dollars have been spent on the greyhound debacle, much of which will be returned to the industry via the levy imposed on the greyhound -industry.

No mention of the recoupable funds poured into as-yet unapproved infrastructure projects and no discussion of money that may still be owing to the industry from wagering providers.

No context either on how the $21 million forecast deficit for 2015-16 had been arrived at, given the previous board had not even sat for its annual budget meeting.
Yet one RQ official told The Sunday Mail this week that “the 11 and 21 are the only figures we are happy to have out there at the moment”.
Really?

No wonder there is a very real sense of fear and frustration among participants.

Naturally, this anxiety has led to widespread speculation that cuts will be coming.

To a man at Doomben on Saturday, trainers all said “we know nothing. Just let us know what is happening”.

While the greyhounds and infrastructure spending have contributed to this year’s black hole, the ongoing concern is the downturn in wagering.

This year’s tally was not helped when Tatts Group took an age to launch its UBET brand, but now it is up and active, forecasts have about 6 per cent growth next financial year.

With Queensland’s biggest cash cow Eagle Farm still sitting dormant, waiting for a signature on a piece of paper, wagering turnover will not improve any time soon.
 
There is a very real sense of fear and frustration among the industry’s participants. Pictu Jono Searle Source: News Corp Australia

And that will only worsen as the active southeast Queensland tracks continue to be exposed to extreme pressure playing “a man down”.

Attempts to seek an update on the Eagle Farm loan approval received a vague response from the Minister’s office on Saturday.

“Upon receipt of additional information from Racing Queensland in respect of the $12 million at the BRC, the government is currently considering the documentation,” a representative for the Minister said.

And what of the Virtual Racing joint venture between Tatts and RQ? Estimates had the initiative delivering $15-20 million to the industry in its first year, which was originally thought to be 2015-16.

But there has been no official word on whether Virtual Racing has been approved or will be approved at all.

Tatts Group has remained silent since the RQ board was lopped down a month ago, but it is understood chief executive Robbie Cooke has so far failed in all attempts to secure a meeting with the Minister and Premier.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/racing-queenslands-cone-of-silence-as-industry-negotiates-turbulent-waters/story-fnii0njy-1227418003694

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« 2015-Jun-28, 09:25 AM Reply #3 »
So, here's the rub.  Whilst former Racing Minister Steve Dickson rests his bum on the Opposition Benches, waiting for someone in a marginal ALP seat to fail a prostate check or get investigated for stealing cars as a teenager, and with Kevin Dixon last seen floating down Cabbage Tree Creek chained in a sealed pine box heading for Moreton Bay, the Racing Industry is compelled to walk, for the rest of 2015, to the beat of a much less effusive Minister, helped by a retired jurist and a liquidation accountant, who probably think cartoon racing is real, hobbles are used to help grandma's bad hip, Pal is for the family poodle and furry animals are cute.  And everything is honky dory.  The WRC was terrific wasn't it?  Great day planned for next week at Royal Caloundra!!

Nathan Excelby, himself a deeper thinker perhaps, sees it differently in today's Sunday Mail...............

Racing Queensland’s cone of silence as industry negotiates turbulent waters
  
CONFIRMATION of the previously established QTIS scheme at the weekend was a welcome ray of sunshine in a month of uncertainty for Queensland racing. But Racing Minister Bill Byrne and interim Racing Queensland chief executive Ian Hall need to keep the answers coming to quell a growing sense of anxiety.  These are turbulent times and changing times in Australian racing.

NSW has just secured a lucrative tax concession, which is sure to attract the attention of Queensland-based owners sniffing for bigger dollars across the border. Meanwhile, Victoria is testing the waters with a historic free-to-air television joint venture.  In Queensland, our administration has been sacked, our best track has been on the sidelines for 12 months and the industry has been told it is broke.  With Darren Condon set to get his marching orders this week and no board members left, Racing Queensland has become a cone of silence.

And the lack of answers is infuriating industry participants.  Eagle Farm trainers, in particular, remain in limbo.  When will the tunnels be approved? Will they be approved?  Eagle Farm is the industry’s most important asset and its ongoing absence just adds to the black hole Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk so readily told the world about this month.  Byrne may have provided a public assurance there is nothing to fear, but more than three weeks have passed since the industry was told it has an $11 million black hole this year and a projected $21 million deficit for 2015-16.  Conveniently for those happy to see the former board’s reputation muddied, there has been no context given to the figures.  

No notification of how many millions of dollars have been spent on the greyhound debacle, much of which will be returned to the industry via the levy imposed on the greyhound ­industry.

No mention of the recoupable funds poured into as-yet unapproved infrastructure projects and no discussion of money that may still be owing to the industry from wagering providers.

No context either on how the $21 million forecast deficit for 2015-16 had been arrived at, given the previous board had not even sat for its annual budget meeting.

Yet one RQ official told The Sunday Mail this week that “the 11 and 21 are the only figures we are happy to have out there at the moment”.  Really?  No wonder there is a very real sense of fear and frustration among participants. Naturally, this anxiety has led to widespread speculation that cuts will be coming.  To a man at Doomben on Saturday, trainers all said “we know nothing. Just let us know what is happening”.

While the greyhounds and infrastructure spending have contributed to this year’s black hole, the ongoing concern is the downturn in wagering.  This year’s tally was not helped when Tatts Group took an age to launch its UBET brand, but now it is up and active, forecasts have about 6 per cent growth next financial year.  With Queensland’s biggest cash cow Eagle Farm still sitting dormant, waiting for a signature on a piece of paper, wagering turnover will not improve any time soon.  
And that will only worsen as the active southeast Queensland tracks continue to be exposed to extreme pressure playing “a man down”.

Attempts to seek an update on the Eagle Farm loan approval received a vague response from the Minister’s office on Saturday.  “Upon receipt of additional information from Racing Queensland in respect of the $12 million at the BRC, the government is currently considering the documentation,” a representative for the Minister said.

And what of the Virtual Racing joint venture between Tatts and RQ? Estimates had the initiative delivering $15-20 million to the industry in its first year, which was originally thought to be 2015-16.  But there has been no official word on whether Virtual Racing has been approved or will be approved at all.  Tatts Group has remained silent since the RQ board was lopped down a month ago, but it is understood chief executive Robbie Cooke has so far failed in all attempts to secure a meeting with the Minister and Premier.

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« 2015-Jun-28, 09:44 AM Reply #4 »
Nathan has a very short memory span it would seem. Why weren't these questions asked previously?

there's a pic of the bare dirt in the home stretch of EF right opposite the grandstand.

If just justracing had put this photo up they would have been criticised to the extreme.


CONFIRMATION of the previously established QTIS scheme at the weekend was a welcome ray of sunshine in a month of uncertainty for Queensland racing.

Yes good news for the Breeders

But Racing Minister Bill Byrne and interim Racing Queensland chief executive Ian Hall need to keep the answers coming to quell a growing sense of anxiety.
 
our best track has been on the sidelines for 12 months  Whose fault? Whose been at the helm for over three years? and the industry has been told it is broke.

When will the tunnels be approved? Will they be approved?

Again whose fault?

Eagle Farm is the industry’s most important asset So what effort was made to expedite the restructuring process by the previous Administration? and its ongoing absence just adds to the black hole Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk so readily told the world about this month.

Conveniently - read that as "I am not now in the loop"  for those happy to see the former board’s reputation muddied And who muddied the previous Board's reputation? Nathan did have an opportunity to appease some of that angst but chose not to , there has been no context given to the figures.
 
No notification of how many millions of dollars have been spent on the greyhound debacle, much of which will be returned to the industry via the levy imposed on the greyhound -industry.

Who got us into this mess?

No mention of the recoupable funds poured into as-yet unapproved infrastructure projects and no discussion of money that may still be owing to the industry from wagering providers.

No context either on how the $21 million forecast deficit for 2015-16 had been arrived at, given the previous board had not even sat for its annual budget meeting.

I am sure it will come in time Nathan. Be patient - the CM will be informed along with the Industry not before

No wonder there is a very real sense of fear (?????) and frustration (that has been there for years) among participants.

Naturally, this anxiety has led to widespread speculation that cuts will be coming.

The doom and gloom that can only come from the new Administration not those that have goneTo a man at Doomben on Saturday, trainers all said “we know nothing. Just let us know what is happening”.

While the greyhounds and infrastructure spending have contributed to this year’s black hole, the ongoing concern is the downturn in wagering.

This year’s tally was not helped when Tatts Group took an age to launch its UBET brand, but now it is up and active, forecasts have about 6 per cent growth next financial year.

With Queensland’s biggest cash cow Eagle Farm still sitting dormant, waiting for a signature on a piece of paper, wagering turnover will not improve any time soon.

Stating the bloody obvious - Nathan it has been the case for 12 months

Attempts to seek an update on the Eagle Farm loan approval received a vague response from the Minister’s office on Saturday.

“Upon receipt of additional information from Racing Queensland in respect of the $12 million at the BRC, the government is currently considering the documentation,” a representative for the Minister said.

Phone KD Nathan for more information.

And what of the Virtual Racing joint venture between Tatts and RQ?

Estimates had the initiative delivering $15-20 million to the industry in its first year, which was originally thought to be 2015-16.

But there has been no official word on whether Virtual Racing has been approved or will be approved at all.

Don't TABCORP have all the say on Virtual Racing because Tatts have no license? All agreements made with the LNP under the previous Administration.


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« 2015-Jun-29, 09:33 AM Reply #5 »
In Monday's Courier, Nathan calls it the way many are telling him how it is whilst the Industry is in transition until the Racing Act can be revised to accommodate the new beaut RQ.  Noice euology for Darren too.  I wonder where the Straddie will be run in 2016??



WITH Darren Condon set to exit this week, Racing Queensland now has the most expensive interim racing chief executive in the country. The Racing Minister’s office referred The CourierMail back to RQ last week when quizzed on the cost of KPMG and Ian Hall acting in the interim role.  The figure is understood to be in the vicinity of $20,000 a week.

The inevitable sacking of Condon ends a tumultuous few months for the former RQ chief, who was made the scapegoat for the atrocities occurring in greyhound racing. Condon should look back with pride on his time with Racing Queensland, being part of several landmark deals that helped restore confidence to the industry.  In the end, it turned out his position had simply too broad a scope for one person.

Being across every single issue in three vastly different codes of racing is nigh on impossible. Condon had his share of detractors, but even his harshest critics cannot discredit the way he went about rubbing out those responsible for live baiting, even though it was almost certain his position was likely to go.  Fronting up to a room full of angry greyhound participants early on during the scandal showed the man has plenty of substance.





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« 2015-Jun-29, 10:20 AM Reply #6 »
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« 2015-Jun-29, 04:14 PM Reply #7 »
FOR $20K A WEEK Who wouldn’t say ‘yes, Minister’ to being racing boss?

WITH Darren Condon set to exit this week, Racing Queensland now has the most expensive interim racing chief executive in the country.
 
The Racing Minister’s office referred The CourierMail back to RQ last week when quizzed on the cost of KPMG and Ian Hall acting in the interim role.

The figure is understood to be in the vicinity of $20,000 a week.

The inevitable sacking of Condon ends a tumultuous few months for the former RQ chief, who was made the scapegoat for the atrocities occurring in greyhound racing.

Condon should look back with pride on his time with Racing Queensland, being part of several landmark deals that helped restore confidence to the industry.

In the end, it turned out his position had simply too broad a scope for one person.

Being across every single issue in three vastly different codes of racing is nigh on impossible.

Condon had his share of detractors, but even his harshest critics cannot discredit the way he went about rubbing out those responsible for live baiting, even though it was almost certain his position was likely to go.

Fronting up to a room full of angry greyhound participants early on during the scandal showed the man has plenty of substance.

THE Courier-Mail article on Saturday depicting the lovefest between BRC chairman Neville Bell and chief executive Dave Whimpey was the talk of the track on Saturday.

Bell’s description of Whimpey as the “Black Caviar of Brisbane racing” was universally ridiculed.

Whimpey may well be a golden nugget in Bell’s eyes, but at a time when racing is in turmoil and the BRC’s trainers are bleeding with uncertainty over the future of Eagle Farm, the timing for such a piece couldn’t have been worse.

Whimpey would be well advised to ask some questions of his tenants to get a more realistic picture of how racing people see the club.

WITH Minister Bill Byrnes’ latest dismissive response to the whereabouts of the $12 million Eagle Farm loan approval, it might also be time for the BRC board to start looking at Plan B for the funding of the tunnels.

It’s hard to imagine a more insulting response than the one which the minister’s “spokesperson” did at the weekend regarding “currently considering the documentation”.

How much consideration does one project need?
 
NATHAN.EXELBY@NEWS.COM.AU

Nathan's farewell eulogy might send Darren off with a smile on his dial and a package in his pocket...but if he feels aggrieved at his termination there are remedies available to him should he wish to test his luck......and the exchange between Bell and Whimpey is finger down the throat stuff as LGHR is won't to say on occasions such as this. :whistle:

Having KPMG on exorbitant daily charge out rates as acting CEO seems overly extravagant  the guvment could have sent the Auditor General in to do the financials at a fraction of the cost and appointed a senior public servant to administer the joint until the new board and CEO are chosen...there's not a lot of common sense in allowing the financial hemorrhage to continue. :o 

Giddy Up :beer:


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« 2015-Jun-29, 07:16 PM Reply #8 »
Perhaps there is something about the financials?

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« 2015-Jun-29, 07:31 PM Reply #9 »
In Monday's Courier, Nathan calls it the way many are telling him how it is whilst the Industry is in transition until the Racing Act can be revised to accommodate the new beaut RQ.  Noice euology for Darren too.  I wonder where the Straddie will be run in 2016??





Being across every single issue in three vastly different codes of racing is nigh on impossible. Condon had his share of detractors, but even his harshest critics cannot discredit the way he went about rubbing out those responsible for live baiting, even though it was almost certain his position was likely to go.  Fronting up to a room full of angry greyhound participants early on during the scandal showed the man has plenty of substance.






What a crock of  :crap:

He was hardly proactive prior  :wacko:

It's a bit like blaming the government who's been there for 5 minutes for the troubles, most should be laid at the feet of those previous or those supposedly advising them.  :shutup:

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« 2015-Jun-30, 07:32 AM Reply #10 »
Noted today that the Firebirds netball group have been allocated $30M for a new sports complex, whilst the promised $22M for Eagle Farm tunnels still sits in limbo.  Minister Byrne, "The Phantom" enjoys both conquests in his portfolio.  At least we know where his priorities rest.

Wonder where they will run the Straddie in 2016?

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« 2015-Jun-30, 07:58 AM Reply #11 »
Noted today that the Firebirds netball group have been allocated $30M for a new sports complex, whilst the promised $22M for Eagle Farm tunnels still sits in limbo.  Minister Byrne, "The Phantom" enjoys both conquests in his portfolio.  At least we know where his priorities rest.

Wonder where they will run the Straddie in 2016?

Didn't think it was $22m.


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« 2015-Jun-30, 08:57 AM Reply #12 »
Was that long ago, I can't remember.  If it was less than that makes it even more appalling.  Our Ghost Who Walks Minister has been in power long enough to find the money, surely.

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« 2015-Jun-30, 10:42 AM Reply #13 »
And with ZERO return from netball to the Labour revenue compared to what racing brings in.

Unless there are plenty out there punting on the netball.



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« 2015-Jun-30, 02:44 PM Reply #14 »
Perhaps the Board of the Firebirds have a better handle on business acumen and a greater knowledge on how to submit a viable proposal to Government?

The Firebirds proposal  probably evidences how the Government will get their money back?

Now if I remember correctly one” great fallen racing leader” proclaimed that the BRC development was self-funding and would not require RQL or Government assistance!

Now where has that leader of men disappeared to?

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« 2015-Jun-30, 03:58 PM Reply #15 »
Methinks he has taken off  with the ex CEO on that over sized drone to a planet far enough away, or perhaps he has a drone of his own.  :lol:

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« 2015-Jun-30, 05:14 PM Reply #16 »
They haven't been anywhere near Greece have they?

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« 2015-Jun-30, 05:34 PM Reply #17 »
Not a lot to laugh about but the last two one liners were very funny.  :lol:

Giddy Up :thumbsup:

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« 2015-Jun-30, 08:28 PM Reply #18 »
Not helpful to plough old ground. Nathan E has just reminded us of what we knew.
What's needed is a de-politicisation now and forever.

We don't have Mr Hall administering the Firebirds, do we?
Although we might soon. I see they are getting a new $30m 'Home of Netball' centre!
Funny how governments can come up with knee-jerk $30 million on a weekend ... EF is still waiting for a $12 tunnel system, and have been for years!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-28/30-million-for-new-netball-centre-following-firebirds-win/6578470

Ignore the pic - should have been classified - straight porn!
Probably nothing to do with the rainbow movement's political victories elsewhere  :/

Question - the Firebirds won by one point.
Would they have the $30m centre had they lost?

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« 2015-Jul-01, 08:39 AM Reply #19 »
Brad Davidson reports today that someone made a decision at Deagon and Racing Queensland will honour their seven-year $35 million commitment to help turn the Magic Millions carnival into Australia’s richest raceday from next year.

I reckon that is a winner.   :clap2:


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« 2015-Jul-01, 08:44 AM Reply #20 »
How can they make decisions like that when in caretaker mode?

Arent they just a virtual cruise control until the captain is back on the bridge.

Then the new captain/s can steer it in the direction they think is necessary.



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« 2015-Jul-02, 11:28 AM Reply #22 »
Mr Potter's website HorseRacingOnly is a great example of independent reporting on the Queensland Industry in 2015.  No false names or evidence of favouritism either.  Might be a good source of info as we move forward, seemingly in a cone of silence from Deagon and the Phantom Minister. 

This week Mr Fowler offers this rumour.....

The word is out “all bets are off” on previous decisions made by the deposed boards but the Eagle Farm project will get the green light.  That’s not to say other infrastructure projects will secure a saloon passage. Quite the opposite.  Closer scrutiny of infrastructure business cases will rely heavily on what return they give to the industry.   The interim Racing Queensland administration understands Eagle Farm being out of play has dealt a deadly blow to Queensland thoroughbred turnover.

The Website can be found at  http://www.horseracingonly.com.au/ and the content is updated regularly.

I fear for those country clubs hammering for a better deal under a new Deagon admin when I read the underlined bit in Mr Fowler's remarks.  No one could deny that racing in the State is easily divided into financially viable and non-viable entities.  Simply put, the most viable sector is where the best horses, jockeys and stables compete, to deliver the majority of betting revenues that fund the game.  Some refer to this as South East Queensland (SEQ).  Other regions are stressed or simply unable to deliver significant returns to the pot.

This was recognized early in the Bentley era and resulted in a downturn in funding for many country and provincial clubs and acquisition of assets The ethos seemed to be that only the strong can be allowed to survive......a typical form of economic rationalism.  This problem was also recognized by the Dixon admin, but their approach was to value the cultural and community importance of non-metro racing across the State, even if it is unprofitable.  So the plan was to make the strongest even stronger to fund the welfare cases.  I think this was poorly understood by many outside of SEQ.  Now you have got what you wished for, economic rationalists back in the pilot seats, so good luck with that. 

When someone says business cases will rely on returns to industry, I fear for the weak. 

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« 2015-Jul-02, 04:15 PM Reply #23 »
Ascot I think your last paragraph is a little harsh. 

The issues faced by the Dixon Board were the same as the Bentley Board. 

The downturn in country racing and the closure of clubs is not about prize money, horse quality or jockeys.  Unfortunately many country race clubs fail at the most basic level of health and safety. 

The inability to provide these basic facilities has prevented clubs from obtaining insurance.  You might recall it was common 15 years ago for many country clubs to not even have an inside running rail.  Racing only a few times a year precluded them from ever gaining the financial ability to invest in the most basic of facilities. 

The saviour of many country clubs has been where a local council has offered to loan its workers and expensive mechanical equipment to build the minimum level of infrastructure for safety.

Both Boards faced the same issue.

However, if I were to point score, my recollection is the Bentley Board introduced a minimum legislated prize fund for country racing from the Product fee agreement.  The current product fee agreement seems to be such a secret that I cannot comment whether this minimum payment was carried over, continuing payment to country clubs prize money.

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« 2015-Jul-02, 06:13 PM Reply #24 »
Hmmm.  I understand that RQ was about $2.5M in front of its required legislated payment to country racing.   And the local councils did upgrade all country tracks to required standard with $500,000 of supplementary Deagon funding since 2013.  As I recall Bill Schuck was running that program whilst on secondment to RQ.


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