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    MY OLD man used to say “what ‘till I get my hands on you”, mainly because my brother and I were terrors – but,... Tough times call for tough decisions

    MY OLD man used to say “what ‘till I get my hands on you”, mainly because my brother and I were terrors – but, he was also fond of saying “credit where credit is due”!

    Following a statement from Harness Racing South Australia this morning, the board deserves credit.

    Tough decisions, by definition, are tough, but the current regime is prepared to make the hard calls to the betterment of the local industry.

    Facing a deficit this financial year, HRSA has announced it will streamline its operation in a bid to ensure the “long-term sustainability of harness racing within South Australia.”

    An assessment was recently undertaken by the governing body, which led to a decision to cut back the amount of contracted personnel.

    As such, the various duties will be shared among staff within HRSA’s office, resulting in a cost cutting outcome for participants.

    “Changes in the way we conduct our business are necessary in order to assist HRSA bridge a significant deficit resulting from a decline in wagering revenues and the introduction of the Point of Consumption tax by the previous government,” HRSA Board Chairman Gary Crocker said.

    “The Point of Consumption Tax and the impact of our product being shown on Sky2 is set to cost HRSA in excess of $400,000.00 in the current financial year.

    “Oliver Bott (HRSA Finance Manager) and Ross Neal (Chairman of Stewards) are conducting a thorough and comprehensive review of all operational and race day functions with the aim of ensuring the long-term sustainability of harness racing within South Australia.”

    The report is due to be submitted for consideration by the Board at its meeting on June 27.

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