Bi-partisan working group to reset Caulfield Racecourse Reserve governance

In response to David Southwick MP’s call on the Victorian Government to work with him to conduct an independent review of the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust and restore appropriate governance, a bi-partisan working group has been established to find an agreed way forward on a new governance model for the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve.

The group will work with key stakeholders to establish a more robust accountable model, that would result in legislative changes.

The group will provide independent advice on the long-term management of the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve, after the Victorian Auditor General’s 2014 report found the current model causes conflict of interests.

The working group builds on the Reporting Framework, which establishes a performance monitoring and reporting regime for the management of the reserve by the Racecourse Reserve Trust.

The members of the bi-partisan working group include:

• David Southwick MP, Member for Caulfield
• Steve Dimopoulos MP, Member for Oakleigh
• Ken Ryan as the Independent Chair

The working group will report to the Minister in May 2016.

Comments attributed to David Southwick MP, Member for Caulfield:

“The 2014 VAGO report found that the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust has failed the community.

“It’s important we put politics aside to reset the management of the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve in the best interests of the community.

“The Caulfield Racecourse must be a destination for the public in addition to being a racing facility, and that starts with better governance.”