Racing industry under spotlight

ALL aspects of WA’s racing industry are being reviewed.

The industry is about the third or fourth largest employer in WA providing jobs to about 11,000 people.

Racing and Gaming Minister Norman Moore said the review was aimed at ensuring the long-term future and viability of the State’s racing industry.

Mr Moore said it would be in the nature of a public inquiry, inviting submissions and consulting with a wide range of stakeholder groups.

A four-member Racing Industry Review Committee will be set up to oversee proceedings.

A number of issues confront the industry, such as the privatisation of TABs in the eastern states, technology, product delivery mechanisms and social trends.

“The future of bookmakers and their contribution, particularly in regard to the issue of their minimum bet limit for telephone bets has to be addressed,” Mr Moore said.

“Inter and intra-code distribution of TAB profits, together with the contribution Government receives from the racing industry are also critical.”

WA Turf Club president Ted van Heemst said the club still had to negotiate with the minister on some issues before he could comment.

TAB CEO Ray Bennett said he fully supported the review.

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