Greyhound Racing Victoria Chair Nick Caley has resigned from his post amid a buzz of industry rumour.
Caley, who was appointed by former Labor Government Racing Minister Rob Hulls, will hold the “honour” of being GRV’s shortest serving Chairman.
It is understood that Caley tendered his resignation today and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine received and accepted the resignation effective immediately.
Caley was only appointed to the position of Chairman of GRV on April 1st 2010.
Caley was more recently jetsetting in the United States in the company of leading Victorian greyhound trainers Robert Britton and George Dailly at the expense of the Victorian greyhound industry, and returned waxing lyrical about the potential of “ready to race” auctions similar to the one he attended while there.
Caley also oversaw the $8.2million redevelopment of Geelong greyhound racing track in to a two turn track system that has been met with mixed reviews from participants, and also saw GRV place the Geelong racing club under administration and appoint GRV CEO John Stephens as administrator.
Minister for Racing Denis Napthine wished to “thank Mr Caley for his service and wish him well for the future,”.
“I note the current health and success of the greyhound racing industry in Victoria and Mr Caley has certainly played a role in this” Dr Napthine said.
The resignation paves the way for former GRV and GRNSW CEO Adam Wallish to be appointed to the role of Greyhound Racing Victoria Chairman.
Wallish was only appointed to the Board of Greyhound Racing Victoria in June 2011, with Napthine at the time noting that Wallish was “a highly-skilled and experienced professional” and that “during his previous tenure at Greyhound Racing Victoria, Mr Wallish formed strong bonds with industry bodies in New South Wales and Queensland, and introduced twilight racing and the highly successful Greyhound Adoption Program”.
Dr Napthine has been quoted as saying that “the Government will, in due course, make announcements regarding the vacancies of Chair and Director of the GRV Board,”.