Bernie Carolan will step down as Chair of Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) after a four-year term.
Mr Carolan was appointed GRV Chair in 2015 just after the live-baiting scandal and was reappointed in 2018 by Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula.
The Racing Minster’s department consider Mr Carolan’s contribution to greyhound racing and the wider racing industry as outstanding according to a spokesperson, “The GRV has addressed all 39 recommendations made in reviews led by Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna and Victoria’s then Chief Veterinary Officer Charles Milne.”
According to Minister Pakula, “The code is in a far better position than when he (Carolan) took over and the challenge now is for its leaders to continue this progress.” In support of Carolan’s contribution the Racing Minister’s department point out that:
- Prizemoney and other returns to participants rising from $42 million in 2014-15 to a record $45 million last season.
- Wagering turnover increasing by 41 per cent over four years, from $1.6 billion to $2.26 billion.
- Rehoming of former racing dogs, including through GRV’s Greyhound Adoption Program, increasing by 50 per cent between 2015 and 2018–from 1,755 to 2,641.
- The number of greyhounds euthanised falling by 69 per cent–from 3,166 to 975–in the same period
Minister Pakula said that “Bernie took on the difficult task of turning around a code that was in genuine crisis and he has done a great job for an industry that supports more than 4,300 full-time equivalent jobs in Victoria.”
“Animal welfare measures have improved each year, which is no less than what the community expects.”
Mr Carolan has been a long-time contributor to the Victorian community.He held a number of senior roles in the transport sector, serving as chief executive of Metlink Victoria and the Transport Ticketing Authority and as managing director of M>Tram. As head of the Transport Ticketing Authorit, he was tasked with completing the introduction of the myki system.
Mr Carolan will relinquish his position as GRV Chair on 30 June but will remain on the board while an appointment process takes place. Deputy Chair Peita Duncan will be GRV Acting Chair during this time.