“The latest comments show a widening disconnect between the Government, QRIC, and participants in the industry.
“In the last five years racing has been beset with a litany of problems generated by government indifference.
“Since they have been at the helm, we’ve had unprecedented strikes, animal welfare scandals, job losses in the wagering business, issues with integrity and safety, Queensland’s premier race track out of business for years, and a major owner and breeder withdraw from Queensland Racing,.
“The media has had to expose the horrendous mistreatment of animals and shame the Government into taking animal welfare seriously.
“There is no doubt that Labor’s mismanagement has had a significant impact on the industry.
“A KPI should be the restoration of integrity and confidence in the industry.
“Racing is an integral part of the Gympie region’s social and sporting calendar.
“Our top-class facility is well supported and patronised.
“It supports a vibrant culture hosting nine race days a year with iconic meetings such as the Nolan Muster Cup, Gympie RSL Cup Day, the Diggers’ Cup, Gympie Times Ladies Day, and of course races held on the very social Melbourne Cup day.
“It is a breeding ground for our racing champions – where jockeys and horses get a start with the support of the club, trainers, staff, owners, and supporters.
“It provides economic activity in the racing and horse management industry, draws visitors and tourists, provides a vital social outlet, supports jobs and provides cash-flow for community groups, vets, produce stores, those who grow and supply feed, farriers, saddlers, caterers, dress shops, milliners, hairdressers and beauticians.
“These have been tough times for racing and sporting clubs, but I am sure that with the community support they will bounce back.