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Harness Racing Committee

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA), in consultation with the Eligible Bodies of each racing code, has developed a new Governance model for the racing industry through the formation of new individual code sub-committees of the RWWA Board.

The relevant sub-committee for the harness industry will be known as the Harness Racing Committee (HRC).

Name Nominated by
Mr Robert Fowler (Chairman) RWWA Code Director
Mr Michael Radley GPHR
Mr Peter Trefort WACHRA
Mr Howard King Stakeholder Associations
Ms Lisa Hando Independent (appointed by Committee)
Mr Glen Mortimer Independent (appointed by Committee)
Mr Richard Burt RWWA CEO
Ms Charlotte Mills RWWA General Manager Racing
Mr David Hunter Manager Commercial Racing and Planning
Mr Barry Hamilton Manager Harness Racing
Ms Tamsin Starling HRC Secretary

The key responsibility of the HRC is to consider and make recommendations in conjunction with RWWA for endorsement by the Board on, but not limited to, the following matters:

  • Development and annual review of the strategic plan for harness racing.
  • Identification and planning of harness racing industry infrastructure requirements.
  • In consultation with racing clubs, the establishment of policies for stake money levels, race conditions and programs.
  • Commercial exploitation of harness racing product including media rights agreements.
  • Race fixturing policy and approval of annual race dates.
  • Strategies and policies for harness industry planning, promotion, marketing, sponsorship.
  • Strategies and policies for harness industry training programs for junior drivers and other racing industry training requirements.
  • Strategies and policies for harness equine welfare programs.
  • Strategies and policies for racing industry issues such as insurance, broadcasting of race meetings and the establishment and maintenance of training facilities.
  • National rule amendments referred by Harness Racing Australia to RWWA for industry consultation.
  • For clarity, this excludes any rules specific to integrity matters that Harness Racing Australia has not made a request to RWWA to consult with industry on.

Should there be any queries in respect to the above, please don’t hesitate to contact Ms Tamsin Starling, Code Committees Secretary on or 9445 5530.

Harness Racing Consultative Group

Following the establishment of Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) in August 2003, the RWWA Act required the Board to establish procedures for consulting with prescribed racing bodies – clubs / association of clubs and other organisations that have an interest in the racing industry (industry associations).

The RWWA Board determined that the most appropriate process would be the formation of code specific Consultative Groups for greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing. 

The compositions of the Consultative Groups include nominated representatives of the racing clubs, industry associations and industry participant groups.

In relation to the specific consultation process for harness racing, the Harness Racing Consultative Group (HRCG) comprises representation as follows: 

Representation Harness Racing Consultative Group (HRCG)

  • RWWA Nominated Director (Chair) 
  • RWWA CEO (Alt. Chair) 
  • RWWA General Manager Racing 
  • RWWA General Manager Racing Integrity 
  • RWWA Manager Harness Racing 
  • RWWA Manager Race Club Development 
  • Clubs Metro – 2 nominees from GPHR and GPHR CEO ex officio 
  • Country Clubs – 2 nominees from WACHRA 
  • Owners – 1 nominee from WAHROA 
  • Breeders – 1 nominee from WASBA 
  • Trainers – 1 nominee from BOTRA 
  • Reinspersons – 1 nominee from BOTRA 

In relation to the HRCG, representation is based on the principle that the industry participant nominee, whilst being a nominee of a prescribed body, should also be representative of all participants of that specific category group within the State.

Importantly, the formation of Consultative Groups does not prevent any other individual, organisation or party associated with harness racing contacting RWWA nor does it prevent RWWA from requesting discussion outside of the nominated group.

The following Terms of Reference apply to the HRCG from 1 January 2008: 

  • A person is ineligible to be nominated as a representative if he/she holds official office of more than one prescribed body, unless the Chairman applies his/her discretionary powers to allow such representative in certain circumstances, however such person must solely represent one particular Eligible body.
  • Nominees shall hold the position of representative unless the nominating body/bodies, in writing to RWWA, determines otherwise. 
  • RWWA may, at any time, co-opt a person/s to attend meetings of a specific Consultative Group. 
  • Any member or representative under disqualification, suspension, stood down or subject to inquiry must abstain from attending. (NB: Unless the suspension emanates from a race riding/driving offence from a specific race for a period no greater than 2-months).

Nominees to the HRCG are required to:

  • Consult with Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) in the formation of policies and strategies for the further development of the racing industry in Western Australia; 
  • Consult with the ongoing review of the rules of racing with the objective of ensuring that racing in WA is conducted in accordance with national and international practices; 
  • Consult with RWWA on issues affecting the general well-being of the racing industry in Western Australia; 
  • Nominate representatives for special industry task forces; 
  • Participate with RWWA in the promotion and education of racing to the WA public. 

The following rules apply to meetings of HRCG:

  • Appointment as a Consultative Group member is honorary, subject to distance/accommodation expense reimbursement in certain circumstances; 
  • Meetings will be held quarterly or as required on a mutually agreed date; 
  • Emergency meetings of the Consultative Committee can be called by RWWA at short notice. These meetings may be held in conjunction with the other Code Consultative Groups; 
  • Meetings will be conducted in a structured, formal and serious manner; 
  • Duration of meetings will generally be restricted to approximately 2 hours; 
  • Notice of Meetings and requests for Agenda items to be forwarded to members 6 weeks in advance of meeting; 
  • Preliminary Agenda and available papers to be issued 4 weeks prior to meeting, with Final Agenda and papers issued 2 weeks prior to meeting; 
  • General operational issues will only be considered by the Consultative Group after the item/s has/have been discussed with management and there has been adequate time for response; 
  • The meeting will be chaired by the RWWA industry nominee or alternate; 
  • The chairperson will only allow discussion of an item that has not been tabled on the agenda where there are extenuating circumstances; 
  • The secretariat will be provided by the RWWA Code Manager; and
  • Minutes will be forwarded to members within 10 working days of the meeting. 

The HRCG does not have any power to act on behalf of RWWA.


Tentative Meeting Dates for 2017

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