Constitution changes

Wagga Harness Racing Club has undergone a major constitution reform.

Graeme White

Graeme White

The club held its annual general meeting on Wednesday night, where the number of board members was dramatically cut.

It comes following a recommendation from Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) to allow the peak body to have a larger input into the running of the Riverina’s largest track.

Four board members were elected via a ballot after seven people stood for the roles.

Linda Inwood, Kevin Wheatley, Brian Hay and Bill Tipping will assume the positions.

A number of existing board members did not stand for re-election.

Three board members will be supplied by HRNSW to create a seven-person board.

Wagga chief executive officer Graeme White said it follows a similar change at Murrumbidgee Turf Club last year, in line with Racing NSW policy.

“We are now under a new constitution, as requested by Harness Racing NSW,” White said.

“We have a ballot for the four positions which was voted on by the Wagga members.”

HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny said the organisation was in the process of confirming who will fill the three remaining positions.

It is expected they will be confirmed before Tuesday, when Dumesny visits the city.

The new-look board is one of his priorities.

He will also meet with the project manager of the new multi-million dollar track.

Dumesny is yet to announce who will lead the new project but is excited by what lies ahead for the city.

“We are very excited about what is occurring,” Dumesny said.

“It might seem slow but we will get it right.”

White also announced that Wagga continues its trend of profit for the financial year.

The club recorded a profit of more than $30,000 for 2015-16.

Around $1.3 million in prizemoney was distributed for the financial year.

White said some of Wagga contributed some of the prizemoney from the club’s own coffers to fund extra races when the horse supply was there.

Wagga held 28 meetings for the financial year, down from 36.

That will increase to 31 this financial year with the club’s next meeting on Tuesday.

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