Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg and MP Jason Costigan.
Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg and MP Jason Costigan. Photo Emily Smith

Industry concern at races due to 'lack of governance'

LACK of governance at Racing Queensland is fuelling a bushfire through the horse racing industry, claims Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg.

At the Ooralea Racetrack yesterday Mr Springborg and Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan voiced concerns the industry had become "rudderless" since the board was sacked at the end of May following the greyhound baiting scandal.

They also said 60 country race meets and $19 million in prizemoney could disappear, despite state government's $21 million package announced December 4 to buoy country racing the next four years.

Mr Springborg said the funding would not extinguish the "bushfire that is now burning" across the Queensland industy due to the lack of governance.

"We've got no governing body," Mr Springborg said.

"The impact of what they have recently done is still going to significantly reduce the number of races that are available in country areas."

He suggested the solution would be for Queensland Racing to look at the LNP-driven model in New South Wales.

"What we're seeing is some of the best trainers in Queensland now looking at relocating to New South Wales," he said.

"This club will probably be affected as well."

Mr Costigan said the government was looking to "poke the industry in the eyes and kill it".

"(Racing)It's part of people's DNA in many communities," Mr Costigan said.


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