Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Key Changes at Headquarters; Seymour in Position Toassume Leadership Role

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Key Changes at Headquarters; Seymour in Position Toassume Leadership Role

Article excerpt

MORE C[pounds sterling]movement at the station'' this week with Albion Park chief Warwick Stansfied vacating the chair to represent harness racing on the seven-man Board of Racing Qld Ltd.

This is until that body is legislated out of existence by the government.

Mega-developer Kevin Seymour has filled the casual vacancy at headquarters and will now be at the helm of the major venue.

Seymour's interest in harness racing covers all but two facets of harness racing Co he does not train or drive.

As in business, his involvement is mammoth.

According to one of the administration models said to be under consideration, the club chairman's position virtually guarantees Seymour a seat on the actual harness control body when separation of the three codes becomes a reality.

THE high priority TAB turnover meeting reported for last Thursday was a bit premature.

Apparently, the meeting will take place at the end of the month when more of the invitees can find a mutually agreeable time slot.

At least it's happening.

FOR the past six weeks, there has been a think tank with a total of 21 members (major and minor players) totally committed to developing strategies which might aid any new control body to find a way out of our problems.

From deliberations so far, two lines of thought have developed.

One line is the C[pounds sterling]turnover is everything and the rest will follow''.

The other favours a more measured and wider approach, designed to slowly improve a number of less than satisfactory segments of the sport.

Which would be the right approach is not yet clear. However, to maintain the faith and support of punters and participants alike one thing is certain.

Whether a suggestion comes from an individual, BOTRA or any other body, that input must be published on the control body website, considered by the control body and the decision published complete with the reasons for the decision.

We have had decades of the mushroom treatment.

Anything less than complete transparency at board level is an insult to all those who have continued to support this sport while being treated as second class citizens. …

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