Greyhound Racing Victoria’s Compliance & Education team will be holding seminars in Shepparton and Ballarat this month.
The seminars are part of a state-wide road show aimed at providing help and advice to all GRV participants – covering topics such as council permits, other issues they may be having with their local council, as well as providing up-to-date information about the minimum standards GRV expects for the housing and care of greyhounds.
So, if you’re in need of advice on issues regarding local council, the minimum standards set out in the state government’s Code of Practice for Greyhound Establishments, kennel construction or dealing with neighbour complaints then GRV encourages you to tap into the knowledge of our friendly Compliance & Education team and let us help you.
The upcoming seminars follow on from the first session, which was held at Warragul in November.
“We had seven people come along to meet us at Warragul, which might not sound like a lot, but it was an absolute success and the people who attended got lots of information specific to their own situations and problems.”
“We did a general presentation to everyone that was extremely interactive, and then took the time to speak to everybody individually about their personal situation,” said GRV Compliance & Education Officer, Adam Evans.
Adam and fellow welfare team colleague, Fiona Currie, have years of experience working in council so they know what it’s like on the other side of the fence.
The seminars provide a confidential environment in which to discuss your issues, safe in the knowledge that the GRV team is on your side.
Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club
Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla
Thursday 15 January from 6:30pm
Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club
Cnr of Rubicon & Sutton Streets, Ballarat
Tuesday 20 January from 6:30pm
What to expect: The Roadshows provide a wonderful opportunity to receive confidential advice from experienced, trained people in a friendly environment, so why not take advantage of their expertise just like the people below?
Members share their personal experiences in dealing with GRV’s Compliance & Education Team…
Breeder Faye Ridis (Mickleham Lodge):
“One of my neighbours was spreading false allegations against me in my neighbourhood, saying I had a history of issues with the RSPCA, which was completely false. A petition had started against me that was founded on lies, so when I threatened legal action for defamation the neighbour said he’d withdraw his complaint if he toured my property and spoke to someone from GRV who could verify that my property complied with industry expectations. (GRV’s) Adam (Evans) came out and spoke to my neighbour and within 48 hours the neighbour had withdrawn his complaint, so Adam was a huge help.”
Trainer Ken Howat (Rockbank):
“I recently obtained my trainer’s license and, despite being on 168 acres, I need a council permit to have more than five greyhounds. I have spoken to my local council who have told me I need to provide them with photos, a map of the property and a sound audit among other things in order to get a permit, so I was about to put it in the ‘too hard basket’. Then I was at a trainer’s seminar at GRV where I spoke to Fiona (Currie) from the Compliance team, who advised me that because the property has been used as a greyhound facility for more than 15 years (by the previous owner of the property) I should be granted an exception from the council with regard to getting a permit. I sought a statutory declaration from the previous owner, and Fiona has been bending over backwards in assisting me through the whole process.”