Racing Queensland Board Departs, Separate Racing Code Boards Given Green Light

The board of Racing Queensland Limited have announced they have resolved to put forward a plan to the Queensland Government that will enable the company and the current directors to properly discharge their statutory duties and responsibilities.

This will also allow the Government to commence the implementation of its stated objective to restructure the broader racing industry in Queensland.

As part of the transitional plan the chairman of Racing Queensland Limited Mr Bob Bentley, the deputy chairman Mr Tony Hanmer and director Mr Bill Ludwig have tendered their resignations effective April 30, 2012 subject to Racing Queensland’s plan being implemented.

The Australian have reported that Mr Bentley, Mr Ludwig and deputy chairman Tony Hanmer had sought to stay on the board through to June, after the winter racing carnival, but later fast-tracked their exit to the end of this month after being pushed by the LNP government which is expected to announce their replacements next week.

Mr Newman was unapologetic about the departure of the board saying it was a “great step forward” for Racing Queensland, which operates as a private company with new board members normally nominated by their predecessors.

“What the departure of Mr Bentley from Queensland Racing means is that we can now rebuild racing in Queensland, we can give it a positive future,” Mr Newman said.

“We can put people there who can work cooperatively, who will actually have the interests of racegoers and the actual industry at heart.

Mr Newman will this year push ahead with the split of Racing Queensland into three racing bodies for thoroughbreds, harness and greyhound racing after the three types of racing were amalgamated under the previous Bligh Labor government.