March 2017 marks the first anniversary of the Industry Consultative Group (ICG). The ICG was formed in early 2016 by the Greyhound Racing Victoria Board to advise on significant issues concerning the greyhound racing industry.
The ICG is comprised of industry representatives appointed by the GRV Board after obtaining expressions of interest and having regard for their skills and industry experience. These representatives come from all areas of greyhound racing including owners, trainers, breeders, clubs, track veterinarians and GOTBA.
The Board refers matters to the ICG for consideration and advice and, in turn, members raise with the Board matters that are of concern to industry participants.
GRV Deputy Chair Judith Bornstein chairs the ICG which she said was an important part of the Board’s consultation with the industry.
“There is a diversity of interests among members of the ICG and a wealth of knowledge and experience. Discussions are spirited and informed by members’ knowledge,” Ms Bornstein said.
“While a number of the matters discussed are controversial, there is significant agreement on the key issues facing the industry and the actions that are required to address these issues. My involvement with the ICG has provided me with valuable insights into key issues affecting participants in the industry.”
In the interest of continuity, and having regard for their contribution over the last 12 months, the Board has decided to extend the terms of existing members who were available for re-appointment. Most members were available for re-appointment but several vacancies on the ICG Board need to be filled as a priority. The vacancies are:
- A second representative from one of the 13 clubs. Metropolitan clubs are represented by a current member and nominations from representatives from non-metro clubs are encouraged.
- Registered participants with experience as an owner or breeder or trainer.
“We are looking for people who share the Board’s commitment to a strong and viable industry and who share the Board’s commitment to welfare,” Ms Bornstein said.
Judith Bornstein was appointed to the GRV Board in March, 2015 by the Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula. She was a Commissioner of the former Industrial Relations Commission of Victoria and is a lawyer who has practised at the Victorian Bar. She has been a member of a range of boards and committees and has a particular interest in good governance.
She says greyhound racing’s importance to participants and the community and the welfare of greyhounds are what drives her commitment as a member of the Board of GRV.
“As a member of the Board, I have an absolute commitment to the industry and to the welfare of greyhounds. Greyhounds are not only beautiful, they are magnificent athletes and their welfare is central to the future of the sport,” Ms Bornstein said.
“Greyhound racing provides employment and enjoyment to people and communities throughout Victoria. The importance of greyhound racing to participants, communities and the economy cannot be underestimated.”
Anyone interested in joining the Industry Consultative Group can download the form here and email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close on March 15.