HOORAY! Hooray! It’s finally over today….
After six weeks of battles and frustrations the stand-off between Harness Racing SA and the South Australian Harness Racing Club has reached its conclusion.
With the two parties finalising negotiations, industry participants can rejoice in the news life is about to return to normal.
The initial positive for all concerned is racing will return to Globe Derby on June 1.
Arguably the biggest outcome from today’s arrangement is HRSA will assume responsibility for management and facilitation of racing and training operations at Globe Derby.
While some may say the action is decades late, chairman Gary Crocker and his committee, along with chief executive Ross Neal, have ultimately achieved a feat many have been desperate to see become a reality.
As mentioned earlier, the friction between HRSA and SAHRC has been a difficult period to accept, but ultimately the long term benefits will be enjoyed thanks to the ‘tough love’ approach.
HRSA’s control of the complex is scheduled to come into effect on July 1.
While documentation is being prepared, it is the parties’ intention these outcomes will be achieved via an amended lease agreement, which transfers the management of racing and training activities of the club to HRSA.
The club’s committee will remain responsible for all club related matters, including the management of club assets, the licensed club, gaming and wagering operations – another outcome participants have been craving for a long time!
In a joint press release signed by Crocker and club President Richard Miller, the two bodies stated: “HRSA and SAHRC firmly believe the outcomes achieved today provide a clear and definitive pathway forward for harness racing at Globe Derby Park, with both organisations working tirelessly towards the common goal of promoting and strengthening harness racing in the state.
“HRSA and SAHRC would like to acknowledge Harness Racing Australia and the Commissioner of Consumer and Business Services in assisting with the process of reaching the outcomes achieved which both parties feel is in the best interests of all participants of the industry.”