New GRV Chairman, Ray Gunston, has spoken of the need to work closely with the industry in order to reform the sport and protect the future of the code.
Speaking with Sky Racing’s Simone Fisher – herself a full-time greyhound trainer – Mr Gunston went into detail about what the new board of GRV will do in regard to the matters facing the industry at the moment.
Gunston reiterated the board’s desire to work hard for the good people in the sport that do the right thing that have been unfairly tarnished by recent events. The need for collaboration with the industry is something Gunston sees as important in moving the sport forward.
The former Chief Financial Officer at Tatts, says that the reason the new board has taken on the significant task at GRV was because of the importance the sport has to the Victorian economy.
Gunston also noted that greyhound racing is a self-sufficient industry that receives no tax payer dollars from the government. Greyhound racing in Victoria generates more than $300 million in economic benefit for the state economy while providing more than 3000 full-time jobs with more than 20,000 people directly involved. Any money greyhound racing receives from the government is unclaimed wagering dividends which are distributed to the three codes of racing via the Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF).
Members are urged to keep an eye on the GRV website for the latest information regarding the investigations and other industry matters.