Racing Queensland have released documents for comment by Participants.
The policy is on Training Facilities and references public facilities and has the following definition.
- A training track is any track where any of the following activities are undertaken in respect of greyhounds:
(a) breaking in;
(c) training; or
The proposed changes to the QLD Local Rules remove the word “Public”
A similar policy was attempted to be introduced previously. The QGBOTA was involved during that Greyhound Advisory Panel discussion process. The previous policy was deemed to be ambiguous and the requirements of obtaining a Track Licence to be unachievable to trainers who own their own Bullrings, Small Straight tracks, Boxes, and other training equipment, making it offence to operate.
The QGBOTA has not been involved in any discussions regarding this policy and is unsure of the reason, intent, or benefits of why these changes are required in Queensland. The QGBOTA is unsure of the timing of this release when the document is dated Dec 6th, and with the Christmas closure, allows minimal business days for queries and clarifications prior to the comment deadline of Jan 10th. This new policy makes it very clear that to operate any training on an unregistered track guilty of an offence.
Please be reminded that QRIC will prosecute based on the governing rules, under the stewards interpretation, not the “intended” policy of Racing Queensland.
The QGBOTA urge all participants to take the time to read all policy documents and contact Brenton Scott, RQ Greyhound Development Manager for both clarification and comment. Email email@example.com – Mobile 0438 402 198
- RQ Training Track Policy
- Proposed Local Rules Changes/additions
Consultation closes on January 10th 2020