Former thoroughbred steward Wade Hadley has been appointed as Queensland’s new Chief Greyhound Stipendiary Steward.
Mr Hadley has been acting in the role for the past month with the support of Acting Deputy Chief Steward Dan Broxham and the greyhound stewarding team.
He has strong senior stewarding experience spanning 22 years, coming across from QRIC’s Thoroughbred stewarding panel.
Previously Mr Hadley’s roles have included Racing Victoria Regional Area Manager and Tasmania’s Chairman of Stewards.
Licence periods are changing
The licence period for Bookmaker’s Clerks, Rider’s Agents, Greyhound Training Track Operators and Studmasters is changing.
This year (2021) will be the last annual renewal period for Rider’s Agents, Greyhound Training Track Operators and Studmasters and it will be last time that an annual fee will be incurred for these licence categories.
Next year’s licence renewal fee (in 2022) will be for a three-year period for Bookmaker’s Clerks, Rider’s Agents, Greyhound Training Track Operators and Studmasters from now on.
Bookmaker’s Clerks now pay fees
Bookmaker’s Clerks will now pay a fee of $80 for a new three-year licence and at renewal, every three years. Previously, licensing for Bookmaker’s Clerks was free of charge.
Three-year licence fees are cheaper over three years
Following the implementation of three-year licences, the new three-year licence fee will see a savings over three years for Riders Agents, Greyhound Training Track Operators and Studmasters.
Rider’s Agents will pay a fee of $300 for a new three-year licence and at renewal every three years, saving $342 over three years.
Greyhound Training Track Operators will pay a fee of $100 for a three-year licence and at renewal every three years, saving $140 over three years.
Studmasters will pay a fee of $100 for a three-year licence and at renewal every three years, saving $140.
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QRIC Racing Animal Welfare Grants launched this month
Applications for the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s (QRIC) 2021-22 Racing Animal Welfare (RAW) grants program is now open until August 31, 2021, for animal welfare projects commencing January 1, 2022.
Through the Racing Animal Welfare grants program, the QRIC supports the delivery of projects that promote and support the Commission’s animal welfare objectives including maximising the post-racing career opportunities for racing animals.
The QRIC provides a total pool of $70,000 under RAW grants program, with eligible organisations able to receive up to $5000 per application (up to three applications are permitted for each organisation).
Successful grant applicants will be notified in mid-November 2021 for projects to commence from 1 January 2022.
More information, including guidelines is available on the QRIC website QRIC.qld.gov.au.
Bondi Vet comes to GAP
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Greyhound Adoption Program is set to be featured nationally on the television program Bondi Vet.
Bondi Vet, Dr Alison Shen interviewed GAP Manager Leah Handy about the GAP behavioural assessments that are conducted during the intake process and the green collar process.
Ms Handy explained how the work that is done at GAP prepares retired racing greyhounds for life as a pet.