GOTBA Vic has today made a submission on GRV's latest proposed local rule changes, which principally relate to changes around syndication rules.
That submission is here - GOTBA Vic - Submission - Syndications - 10 Dec 2018.pdf.
We have spoken to many members on this. Overall, we support the syndication rule changes, in the expectation that they will be fairly administered in a way that supports growth in participation via syndicate participation. We explain why for participants in this separate note - Release - Syndications - 10 Dec.pdf
In that separate note we also state our position on promotion of the National Greyhound Draft.
GOTBA Vic notes for completeness that one of our committee members is a syndicator and is involved with the National Greyhound Draft. That committee member has had no decision-making input into GOTBA Vic's position on this issue.
GOTBA Vic President
10 December 2018
GOTBA Vic has reviewed the draft Welfare Penalty Guidelines (2018) circulated by GRV for comment - GRV Welfare Penalty Guidelines 2018.
The document is in our view flawed and its application would not be in the interests of the industry or its participants.
To see why we think that, please read our full submission, which is attached.
GOTBA Vic - Comment - draft GRV Welfare Penalty Guidelines.pdf
GOTBA Vic Committee
31 January 2018
Thank you to all those Members who responded to last week's Survey on GRV's Prizemoney Proposal. On the back of the responses received, the Committee were able to write a very detailed submission on the Proposals.
Whilst supporting, in theory, the increases to starters fees and prize money as well as the introduction of breeder bonuses, GOTBA found that the accompanying reduction in the majority of prize-money levels unacceptable and actually counter productive to GRV's stated aims of improving returns to owners and trainers of greyhounds at all levels of racing and encouraging breeding.
GOTBA would like to see expanded detail on the breeder rights part of the proposal, mindful that a breeder may in fact be unfairly penalised for results that are beyond their control if the proposal was adopted as is.
The re-introduction of breeder bonuses is a great initiative but we are concerned at how many eligible "Vic Bred" races will actually be programmed.
To read the full submission, please click on the link below.
GOTBA Submission to GRV re proposed prizemoney etc changes.pdf
Attached is the GOTBA's final submission on the draft Code of Practice for the Keeping Of Racing Greyhounds, which we submitted on 14 August 2017.
It is in 2 parts (main report and appendix):
GOTBA Vic - Code of Practice Submission 14 August.pdf
Appendix A - Draft-Code- GOTBA VIC Submission - 14 Aug 2017.pdf
The committee thanks everyone who contacted us, who participated in workshops and who made submissions themselves.
Submissions are however only one facet of this issue - the GOTBA will continue to press hard with government, regulators and the media, in the best interests of our members, for an appropriate outcome.
16 August 2017
Click on the link to download the full GOTBA Submission uploaded to the Department of Planning's website October 7. If printing the document, please ensure that you print in Landscape, not Portrait orientation.
GOTBA (Vic) Submission - Guidelines for Racing Dog Keeping and Training Facilities 2016.pdf
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