Tasmania announces investments in horseracing integrity and infrastructure

Tasmania announces investments in horseracing integrity and infrastructure

Tasmania’s minister for racing has revealed a plan for integrity, welfare and investment in the racing industry.

Australia.- The state of Tasmania has announced a plan focused on integrity, animal welfare, and infrastructure enhancements for the horseracing sector. Felix Ellis, minister for racing, announced the introduction of a new integrity model and the establishment of an independent Tasmanian Racing Integrity Commissioner. 

He said the model seeks to modernise oversight mechanisms, ensuring they are evidence-based and align with best practices. Equine and Greyhound Welfare Codes of Practice will set minimum standards for the care and health of racing animals.

AU$2.81m will be allocated for operating expenses and AU$2m for capital expenditure. This funding will support infrastructural improvements at Burnie, Spreyton, and Carrick Racecourses.

The announcement comes after calls for stricter regulations in the racing industry. An inquiry led by racing integrity expert Ray Murrihy proposed the establishment of minimum welfare standards for racehorses and a more rigorous framework for their rehoming.

See also: Tasmania to review greyhound care regulations

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