CEO Monthly Update September 2016

The biggest highlight of August was undoubtedly the Victorian Greyhound Awards at Sandown Park where many of Victoria’s greyhound racing community came together to celebrate some great achievements over the past 18 months. Fernando Bale was quite rightly judged greyhound of the year and I congratulate all the nominees and winners on the night. Both the Premier, The Hon Daniel Andrews, and the Minister for Racing, The Hon Martin Pakula, also provided strong messages of support on the night for the industry and for the reforms now underway. The Victorian Greyhound Awards was a great showcase of the commitment, passion and hard work of the good people who have driven the sport’s achievements and that will underpin the journey of reform we need to take to secure its long term future.

GRV appoints new GM Integrity

Greyhound Racing Victoria’s continued emphasis on integrity and animal welfare has been reaffirmed with the appointment of Shane Gillard as GRV’s first General Manager of Integrity. Under previous GRV structures, integrity, racing and animal welfare had fallen under the one umbrella. Following recommendations from the Perna review, there will now be a separate integrity arm…

CEO Monthly Update August 2016

The phrase “Social License” has been much discussed lately following the NSW Government decision to close greyhound racing in that State. For GRV, it means one thing – if it’s not good for the dogs, it’s not on for the code. Our industry will, and must always, put the welfare of the dogs first, in accord with the expectation of the community. Greyhound racing in Australia has a long and rich heritage, both as a sport and as an important part of many local and regional communities. However, community expectations have changed over the past century and the code must change too if it wants a sustainable future.

Geelong GAP Adoption Day

THIRTY-one greyhounds found their forever home following a successful adoption day at Geelong Greyhound Racing Club on Sunday, 10 July 2016. People from all across Victoria flocked to the greyhound club to find their future pet, with many of those impressed by how well the day went. Approximately 250 people packed into Beckley Park to…