LNP Racing Roundtable in Toowoomba to hear local concerns

18 Jan 2016 10:26 AMJann Stuckey

Shadow minister for Racing Jann Stuckey today visited racing industry stakeholders and representatives as part of the LNPs ongoing broad consultation process from Far North Queensland to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and out West.

Invited by Toowoomba North MP Trevor Watts to meet with local turf club officials and representatives of the racing industry, Ms Stuckey held a roundtable at Toowoomba Turf Club this morning.

“The LNP have stood side-by-side with Queensland’s racing industry throughout 2015 while the Palaszczuk Labor Government literally ripped it apart in every code,” said Ms Stuckey.

“In 2016 we will continue to stand up for an industry that has seen its reputation crushed by an incompetent and vindictive government across all three codes – thoroughbreds, harness and greyhounds.

“Labor have used the greyhound live-baiting inquiry to turn racing industry participants inside out and upside down without any regard for their livelihoods or the countless jobs at stake.

“Today I am here in Toowoomba to hear first-hand from worried industry stakeholders – owners, breeders, jockeys, trainers, turf club officials, who fear the implementation of Labor’s ill-informed ‘Tracking to Sustainability’ report and the proposed new Racing Integrity Bill will spell the ‘death-knell’ for many in the industry.

“I welcome shadow minister, Jann Stuckey to Toowoomba to tour Clifford Park, a critical training facility for Queensland and the state’s largest,” said Mr Watts.

“Labor’s cuts are the biggest to any Queensland race track and threaten some of the 1600 jobs supported by our local racing industry.

“It is patently clear that Labor do not understand the industry and have still not met with local representatives in Toowoomba.

Tomorrow Ms Stuckey will host the third roundtable in Brisbane with representatives from all three racing codes in attendance.

“Unlike Labor with their wall of silence, the LNP are actively engaging with the industry, visiting regions across Queensland to gain genuine insight into the racing industry and the people who rely on it to make a living.

Ends Monday 18 January 2016