Maranoa Regional Council. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Maranoa Regional Council. Photo: Lachlan Berlin

Maranoa council execute formal agreement with horse trainers

Horse trainers Colin Storch and William Hill will enter into a non-exclusive agreement with Maranoa Regional Council for a period of three years for the use of Bassett Park.

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According to the council agenda dated February 24, council holds 11 current trainer agreements for the use of the track and facilities at Bassett Park.

The agenda states as more people gain their trainers licences and use the area, it is imperative that users enter into an agreement with council to understand what their responsibilities are.

The revenue for Bassett Park is as follows:

  • $11 per horse per week old stalls
  • $22 per horse per week new stalls
  • $9 per horse per week for track fees

The recommendation to councillors was they enter into a non-exclusive Racehorse Trainer Agreement with the two trainers and authorise CEO Julie Reitano to execute the agreement.

Councillor George Ladbrook declared a conflict of interest stating he is a committee member of the Roma Turf Club and left the room while the matter was discussed and voted on.

Mayor Tyson Golder was also absent from the discussion, stating he had other matters to deal with.

Deputy Mayor Geoff McMullen moved the motion with Cr Wendy Taylor seconding it and councillors John Birkett, Julie Guthrie, Joh Hancock, Cameron O’Neil and Mark Edwards in support of the agreement.

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