DEDICATED chairman Gary Crocker has been ousted from his position with Harness Racing South Australia.
As part of a financial arrangement with the state government, HRSA’s board was to undergo a reshuffle.
The government pledged $24million for the three codes over the next four years, with harness racing’s share around $800,000 a year.
Funds will be supplied in two lots of $400,000 – one for infrastructure, which must be signed off by the government, the other can be utilised at HRSA’s discretion.
To receive the money Harness Racing SA was required change its constitution to allow board members to be independently selected.
This means industry lobby groups such as the South Australian Country Harness Racing Clubs Association will no longer “have a seat at the table”.
HRSA’s chairman Gary Crocker joined the board via the SACHRA.
With three board positions to be filled, the government is set to make an announcement on the new appointees, which do not include Crocker.
A passionate owner and administrator Crocker joined the board in October 2016 and has worked tirelessly to the betterment of the local industry during controversial and difficult times.
Crocker will vacate his position following next month’s Annual General Meeting.
A new chairperson will be elected by the six board members during their initial meeting.