Stan Still, you have summarised RQ perfectly.
I stated on this forum some 6 months ago that the new team at RQ will only procrastinate in making major decisions and they have certainly confirmed my concerns.
Forbes and his team have become masters of throwing up "smokescreens" and failing to make positive decisions.
Instead of the "smokescreens" of changing feature race distances and timing of traditional events why haven't the real issues facing the QLD Racing Industry been addressed?
Now as Stan Still stated another round of procrastination lies ahead with EOI's and then a Tender process and no doubt Forbes and his team will engage highly paid consultants to review the Tender process.
I ask, has the minister got any idea at all what the key issues are within the QLD Racing Industry?
I keep hearing that "we need additional revenue from TAB returns".
Well here is food for thought.
In QLD we have days when no thoroughbred racing meetings are held.
You see NSW and VIC with 2 or more thoroughbred meetings per day 7 days per week. We have now been informed VIC will trial a no race Monday schedule for a 10 week period.
Why can't we look at maximising turnover?
I agree that Monday's is not a great day for TAB turnover but the next 6 days can be programmed far better.
Tuesday: North QLD meetings (Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Mackay) and South QLD meetings. (Beaudesert, Kilcoy, Dalby, Gatton).
Wednesday: Doomben, Eagle Farm, Gold Coast and 1 of the provincial or country tracks.
Thursday: Refer to Tuesday.
Friday: Ipswich (Day) and Caloundra (Night). With our climate Caloundra could race a 40 week night program on a yearly basis.
Saturday: Doomben, Eagle Farm, Gold Coast, Toowoomba (Night).
Sunday: Caloundra (Day), and a showcase race day every 3 weeks at 1 of the provincial or country tracks.
So from the above at least 2 meetings a day could be programmed for TAB coverage except for Monday's.
I fully realise that prizemoney initially will be a stretch but you can't gain revenue if you don't trade.
Would be interested to hear your comments.