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Minister Intervenes In NSW Board Appointments
Meanwhile NSW Racing Minister Kevin Greene announced he will "intervene in the appointment process of a new independent Board of Racing NSW. Amid on-going daily media criticism & internal industry back-biting, Greene emphasised: "I want to be clear from the outset this Government wants thoroughbred racing in NSW to have a functional, energetic & productive board. Unfortunately, the process initiated in early August has still not reached a conclusion & I believe this uncertainty means the industry may not have the confidence it should in the final decision. I have also received a report from an independent expert to the effect that the process cannot be given a probity assurance. I want this process back on track & to achieve that I will introduce reforms to State Parliament revising the appointment process." Greene said he will "now appoint a selection panel to choose the 5-member Board on merit in accordance with skills-based criteria. The Selection Panel will be comprised of 3 eminent people with racing industry knowledge. Panel members will be announced shortly to consider applications already received from potential Board candidates. The new panel will be assisted by a probity advisor & the NSW Department of the Arts, Sport & Recreation. It will make recommendations for the appointment of Board members to the Minister." Greene also noted: "The NSW Government will also commission a review to determine options for future Board appointment processes. The process will include extensive consultation with thoroughbred racing industry stakeholders. I want to thank the members of the Appointments Panel who all have the interests of their industry at heart. Unfortunately though, this process has derailed & nobody wants the new board to have to start out with any questions hanging over it. Most of all though, I want to assure all participants in the industry that this Government is doing everything possible to ensure that the NSW Racing Board - which will oversee the growth & development of the industry - is established in a way that provides leadership & direction for the future."