BOTRA ANNOUNCEMENT - 28 November 2018

BOTRA Announcement

28 November 2018

 

Dear Industry Participants,

Following on from the Racing Queensland (RQ) decision of yesterday to allocate $2 million to Harness Racing from the Pont Of Consumption Tax, the contemplated industrial action is now on hold as further talks with RQ are proceeding regarding prize money allocations from this funding, therefore it is business as usual for now and a further update will be issued in the coming days.

 

Dan Costello

BOTRA

 

BOTRA AGM Notice - 20 December 2018

BOTRA AGM Notice - 20 December 2018

Dear Member,

The Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Breeders Owners Trainers Reinspersons Association will be held, in the Committee Room (downstairs) at Albion Park Raceway on Thursday, 20 December, 2018 at 6:00pm for the purpose of considering the following agenda.

1. CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING To receive and accept the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 4 December, 2017.

2. BUSINESS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES To discuss the issues raised at the previous Annual General Meeting.

3. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS To receive and consider the Club’s Annual Report comprising the President’s Report, Comprehensive Income Statement, Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Cash Flow and Notes to and forming part of the accounts for the Association for the Financial Year ended 30 June, 2018.

4. MATTERS NOTIFIED No matters have been received for tabling.

5. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE* Pursuant to Rule 13 of the Rules of the Breeders Owners Trainers Reinspersons Association, the election of Members of the Committee shall be conducted by secret ballot. *Nominations for Committee must be lodged with the Secretary of the Club by 5:00pm on 29 November 2018. Secretary BOTRA PO Box 669 ALBION QLD 4010 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A copy received electronically or by fax may be lodged by the nomination closing date. The original however is required for BOTRA’s records which must be received in addition to the original by no later than 5:00pm on 29 November 2018. Committee nomination forms can be obtained by financial members on request from the BOTRA website.

6.GENERAL BUSINESS Discussion by Members concerning issues of the Breeders Owners Trainers Reinspersons Association.

 

BOTRA NEWS

The New Year has witnessed a reinvigorated BOTRA committee making significant headway with Racing Queensland on a range of issues.

A new committee has been voted in for 2018 and our first priority was to take a fresh and energised approach to discussions with the Control Body about the future of the harness racing code.

I feel positive about the path we are taking in 2018 as we have already got off on the front foot in working with RQ to solve a raft of issues of concern to the industry.

Your new committee acknowledges there are challenges ahead but we are ready to face them head-on. We understand that there are some complex issues that will take some time to work through but both parties are working together to improve the performance of harness racing in Queensland.

As we work through these issues and improve our industry we intend to introduce a BOTRA Facebook & Twitter account to keep everyone informed of issues being discussed. Those social media pages should be in operation by the end of the month.

The vast majority of harness racing participants have been saddened and shocked by recent developments but that same majority are dedicated to re-energising harness racing and celebrating every step as we rebuild.

 

We look forward to being of service to you all.

 

Your Committee

Dan Costello, Daren Garrard, Trent Dawson, Casey Owen

The Annual General meeting for BOTRA was held on Monday 11th December 2017 at Albion Park.

Incumbent President Dan Costello and Treasurer Trent Dawson were re-elected.

Daren Garrard (Vice President) and Casey Owen (Secretary) were elected to the new Management Committee.

Dear Member,

The Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Breeders Owners Trainers Reinspersons Association will be held, in the Committee Room (downstairs) at Albion Park Raceway on Monday, 11 December, 2017 at 6:00pm for the purpose of considering the following agenda.

1. CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
To receive and accept the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 29 July, 2016.

2. BUSINESS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES
To discuss the issues raised at the previous Annual General Meeting.

3. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
To receive and consider the Association’s Annual Report comprising the Chairman’s Report, Comprehensive Income Statement, Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Cash Flow and Notes to and forming part of the accounts for the Association for the Financial Year ended 30 June, 2017.

4. MATTERS NOTIFIED
No matters have been received for tabling.

5. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE*
Pursuant to Rule 13 of the Rules of the Breeders Owners Trainers Reinspersons Association, the election of Members of the Committee shall be conducted by secret ballot.

*Nominations for Committee must be lodged with the Secretary of the Club by 5:00pm on 24 November 2017.

Secretary 
BOTRA
PO Box 669
ALBION QLD 4010
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A copy received electronically or by fax may be lodged by the nomination closing date. The original however is required for BOTRA’s records which must be received in addition to the original by no later than 5:00pm on 20 November 2017. Committee nomination forms can be obtained by financial members on request from the BOTRA website.

6. Item 28, Funds and Accounts – Section 4 – needs to be amended to cover current day banking trends where payments can be made by Internet Banking, etc.

7. GENERAL BUSINESS
Discussion by Members concerning issues of the Breeders Owners Trainers Reinspersons Association.

BOTRA memberships are now due. Renewals & membership forms are available from the race day office at Albion Park and will be accessible online in coming days.

As in line with other states BOTRA have continued its stance on whip free racing. BOTRA Vice President Pete McMullen recently attended an industry meeting in NSW. As a result HRA Chairman Geoff Want has recently stated “although the fine detail is yet to be nailed down, we are leaning toward a “wrist only” action”. The result being that a working party from each state will meet to discuss & plan rules & appropriate penalty structures for breach of rules which could be applied nationally.

BOTRA do have concerns over the introduction of microchipping in regards to associated costs. The industry cannot afford to pay costs of both freeze branding and microchipping. With reduced prizemoney in Queensland, participants are not in a financial situation to be paying extra costs. If there was an issue with any microchipped horse then it could be blood tested as they do now with freeze branded horses. This would save doubling up on costs.

Well how time fly’s and it’s that time of year again, that being BOTRA membership renewals are due, in saying that it is an opportune time to reflect on what the association has achieved and supported over the past year.

WHIP ISSUE - BOTRA was represented by Vice President Pete McMullen at an industry meeting on whip use hosted by Harness Racing NSW at Menangle recently. The outcome from the meeting was that the HRA vision to have whips removed from use by 1 September 2017 will not be realised and at this stage a wrist only action use of the whip is being contemplated by the horsemen’s advocates. From September onwards a working party from each state will meet to discuss and plan rules and an appropriate penalty structure for breach of rules that could be applied nationally.

No doubt this has been the industry’s biggest issue throughout the year with BOTRA putting Queensland’s case forward against the introduction by HRA of ‘whip free’ racing in Australia. This matter is still being played out and BOTRA will continue its stand which is for the safety of all participants. There is also concern of the anticipated drop in wagering that could occur and this would reflect as a lower return of TAB distribution to harness racing.

CHARITY WEEKEND – During the month of May, BOTRA in collaboration with the Albion Park Harness Racing Club conducted a Charity race weekend with the beneficiary being Bowel Cancer Australia with special emphasis on the Sunday program receiving race coverage on SKY1. A celebrity match race was conducted on the day between the Hon. Grace Grace MP (Queensland Racing Minister) and Erin Molan (Footy Show & 4BC personality). The national publicity and media exposure received from this initiative went a long way to enhance the profile of harness racing in Queensland.

SPONSORED FEED INITIATIVE - During the months of April and May over 60 individual trainers benefited from a sponsorship arrangement organised by BOTRA through Kevin & Kay Seymour with the distribution of 400 bags of Pryde’s Easi Performance on selected races.

QBRED - In consultation with Racing Queensland, BOTRA through the Harness Advisory Panel was active in the gaining of additional bonuses and prizemoney allocated to the QBred incentive scheme. This included the reintroduction of the 4YO QBred bonus and a QBred race day set down for May 2018. QBred incentives and bonuses increased by $220,000 in total.

PRIZEMONEY - Whilst on races and prizemoney it should also be noted BOTRA was involved in the decision making and planning of the return of the Rising Star Championships as well as the Pot Of Gold series both sponsored by Kevin & Kay Seymour. In addition to these feature races Redcliffe received some well-deserved prizemoney increases for Wednesday and Thursday albeit a modest injection of funds.

BOTRA has and will continue to put the case forward to Racing Queensland and government that harness racing in Queensland needs an immediate infusion of prizemoney to ensure the ongoing financial and economics of the industry.

INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUE - BOTRA will maintain its advisory role in relation to the development of a harness racing precinct in the southern corridor and a training facility in the western corridor as well as its continued support for the Albion Park club’s alternate proposal for the retention of Albion Park as harness racing’s metropolitan venue. In all BOTRA is after a better infrastructure deal for harness racing where no funds of any substance have been committed to the industry in the past thirty-five years.

DAN COSTELLO

President