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  • 10/11/2019 2:17 PM | Anonymous

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    GOTBA Vic has today updated some of the materials available on its website relating to the Code of Practice. The Code commences on 1 Jan 2020.

    In particular, an example, largely complete EHMP (capable of being completed by participants for whom it is suitable) is available. This includes changes in certain areas of the GRV proforma EHMP material.

    Also available are example individual EHMP protocols on topics such as retirement and rehoming, hygiene, risk assessment (among others).

    The examples page is at Code of Practice: EXAMPLE EHMP and Protocols - a member only section of the site.  This should be viewed with materials available at Code of Practice - Additional member resources

    Members unable to access this material and who wish to should get in touch by phone or email.

    GOTBA Vic Committee

    Nov 2019




  • 19/10/2019 6:58 PM | Anonymous

    The Greyhound Owners Trainers Breeders Association of Victoria Inc will hold its annual general meeting at Sandown Greyhound Racing Club from 6pm on Sunday 10 November 2019.

    Meeting matters will include presentation of the president’s report, financial report, elections, and a presentation of example EHMPs for the upcoming Code commencement.

    Attached is the AGM notice - 2019 AGM Notice.pdf - registration from 5.45pm.

    Attached is a committee nomination form - GOTBA Committee Nomination Form 1.pdf.  Completed forms must be received by the secretary 14 days prior to the meeting.

    GOTBA Committee


  • 17/09/2019 9:03 PM | Anonymous

    The Greyhound Owners Trainers and Breeders Association of Victoria Inc congratulates Ray Bartolo on his appointment today to the GRV Board. Ray is an excellent appointment and we wish him well.

    WE are the reason this appointment occurred.  GOTBA Vic lobbied hard for the appointment of a current, ongoing participant to GRV’s board. There was resistance.  Earlier this year, we met with the Minister and the head of the Office of Racing and presented the case for why having active participants on GRV’s Board - something specifically allowed in the Racing Act - was necessary and well overdue to promote GRV decision making that gave more thought to participants.  We then provided a list of potential candidates.  We followed up. We followed up again. 

    To the Minister’s great credit, he listened and acted decisively to make the appointment.

    One of GOTBA Vic’s 3 focus areas this year was enhancing the participant voice in the making of decisions that affect participants. This is an example of us working effectively for all.

    GOTBA Vic Committee


  • 11/08/2019 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    GOTBA Vic now has a Member only page on its website with additional resources to assist members to be ready for Code of Practice commencement on 1 Jan 2020.

    Resources include:  

    • A summary of what to do before 1 Jan 2020 if you keep non-retired greyhounds to assist you in being Code compliant;
    • Tips and possible amendments to consider making to GRV’s Establishment Health Management Plan proforma;
    • A Code-adapted Vet Agreement that you could consider using;
    • Individual Greyhound Record proforma; and
    • Establishment Record proforma.

    We encourage members to visit the page. It contains important information, including explanation of some of our material.

    The page is called ‘Code of Practice: Additional Member Resources’ and is located within the  ‘Members’ section - a link: Members.

    Tip: You will need to log in to access the material.

    You should regularly visit in the lead-up to 1 Jan 2020: we will be updating and adding material to the page.  If you have suggestions for additions that may help you, please let us know.

    Members who are unable to access the log-in only section should get in contact with us. 

    GOTBA Vic Committee

    August 2019


  • 15/07/2019 5:41 PM | Anonymous

    The Greyhound Owners Trainers and Breeders Association of Victoria Inc has filed a submission with Greyhound Racing Victoria on its Traralgon track design consultation.

    It is here - GOTBA Vic - Traralgon consultation - Submission final.pdf  The submission relies on consideration of information and feedback from a variety of sources.  If you have the opportunity to, read it in full.

    A short summary of the submission:

    GRV has consulted on 2 track design options, excluding a 2 bend track.

    Of the options given, GOTBA Vic expresses a preference for the ‘U track’. It is more functional from the perspective of a greyhound racing participant. In the submission, we note some racing matters that will need to be monitored if a one bend design is ultimately implemented.

    GRV’s consultation says nothing about track base, drainage and surface. This was a, possibly the, major issue with the previous track – the Traralgon complex was redeveloped at a total cost of $6m to GRV’s budget in 2014/15. Much of that expenditure was wasted. Such waste cannot recur.

    Development of any preferred design must settle on a carefully considered base, drainage and surface design solution, including “best for purpose” sand type before tendering, to avoid repeating past mistakes and impacts for the greyhound.

    Finally, as a matter of fairness to participants, GRV should also, after considering submissions by us and others, summarise key feedback items, and publish a summary of GRV’s consideration of them, to close the consultation loop.

    GOTBA Vic Committee

    July 2019






  • 01/07/2019 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    GRV has sought feedback on two new Traralgon track design proposals – a J-shaped track and a U-shaped track, each one turn, see https://www.grv.org.au/feedback-traralgon-track-designs/.   Feedback period ends 12 July 2019.

    We are considering the consultation version material.  GOTBA Vic has, on various committees, seen that each of GRV and the Traralgon club has carried out a significant amount of work to date for a new Traralgon track.   GOTBA Vic and its members identified severe issues with the old (well, 2014) Traralgon track (eg early 2018 member survey):  properly considered investment by GRV in safe racing and track infrastructure is an unequivocal benefit for the sport. 

    GRV and the Traralgon club's preparatory work is to be commended.  Any repeat of the most recent rebuild must, however, be avoided at all costs.

    Both new designs would result in very different racing to any current Victorian track, for the dogs and visually for participants and punters.  The racetrack experience will not be the same.  Participants should consider potential issues they may see.  You may see things that may not have been considered and that might make a difference.

    Some things to think about:

    ·         J track:  this has a 300m straight track within it, and 400m/500m starts that use the ‘J’ bend.  It does however have 2 different catching pens (one for 300m straight run, one at the end of the ‘J’ for the 400/500).  Do you think that this creates a potential issue (ie could greyhounds ‘switch’ from one to the other safely)? If it does, what might be done to address the risk?)

    ·         U track:  350m, 420m and 500m starts.  No straight track distance.  Single catching pen for all distances.  A 350m one turn run is unusual in Victoria (though not unheard of – 347m old Geelong for eg).  The next distance up - 420m is close (though 390m to 450m is common).  Comparing the distances for the ‘U track’ and ‘J track’, which set would you prefer to race on with your dogs? Why?

    ·         Of the J or U track which would you prefer to trial on?  Which would you prefer (if any) to educate or pre-train on? Why?

    ·         No 2 turn track option:  a 2 turn track would likely have had to use the exact same shape as previously, but be entirely rebuilt too (ie surface, drainage etc).  Data suggests that 2 turn tracks can struggle to produce better safety outcomes than one bend tracks, particularly if there are issues with the surface.   A one-bend track is seen as a safety matter.

    There are other important matters for a new track that impact on safety, including sand/surface profiles etc.   Surface and track profile was a huge issue at the old Traralgon track.  GOTBA Vic continues to follow up on this across all Victorian tracks. Also, costing for the proposed designs has not been released.  We will follow these up separately.

    But on the design proposals, let us know what you think, including by email at gotbav@gmail.com


  • 24/05/2019 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    GOTBA Vic recently surveyed participants about grading of Level 3 races in Victoria.  Aged Prize Money (APM) Level 3 grading is very clearly not supported. It results in greyhounds being denied opportunities to race, reduced viability and premature retirements.  Revision of Level 3 grading needs to occur. Participants expressed views on alternatives.

    These are the high level survey results from almost 100 participants asked a range of questions about Level 3 grading before and after use of Aged Prize Money as an exclusive grading method.

    Key survey findings, summarised:

    • Exclusive APM Level 3 grading is not supported - 63% of respondents rate it poor or very poor.
    • Before full APM 65% of respondents said their Level 3 greyhounds averaged 3 or more starts per month.
    • After full APM, 70% of respondents said their Level 3 greyhounds averaged 2 or less starts per month.
    • Nearly 60% of participants have retired or moved on dogs since full Level 3 APM.  70% of respondents say that since full APM Level 3 grading, their Lvl 3 greyhounds have not had the opportunity to race at a level that gives them a fair chance of earning prize money.
    • Participants support the reintroduction of grading at Level 3 based on holding Ranking meetings and Tier 3 meetings and including options for ranking races to be programmed within other meetings.

    For a presentation of the results in PDF, see GOTBA Grading Survey - 23 May 2019.pdf

    A slideshow of the results - see GOTBA Grading Survey - results.mp4

    These results show that participants want strong consideration of a return to earlier forms of Level 3 grading to best cater for needs of participants and to assist retention in the racing program.

    The results will inform our actions going forward.

    GOTBA Vic Committee

    May 2019


  • 10/05/2019 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    Increases in costs and stagnant returns are endangering participation in Victorian greyhound racing.  Those are the clear messages of GOTBA Vic's 2019 costs and future participation survey of more than 100 Victorian greyhound racing participants.

    Key survey findings, summarised:

    • Average cost of keeping young or breeding greyhounds per week: about $72;
    • Average cost of keeping greyhounds in training per week: about $76;
    • However 1/3rd respondents put weekly costs of keeping greyhounds at $90 pw or more;
    • 94% of respondents say keeping greyhounds is more expensive now than in 2017;
    • Most respondents say costs of keeping greyhounds have increased by at least 15% in the last 2 years;
    • 50% of respondents indicated an intention to participate less in 2020 and beyond than they do now.  Reasons: rules and regulation, Code and costs/prizemoney.

    For a presentation of the results in PDF, see Member Cost Survey 2019 - Results - pdf.pdf

    A slideshow of the results - see Member Cost Survey 2019 - video.mp4

    These results show that serious attention needs to be paid, now, by GRV to addressing costs pressures.  When combined with our 2018 report on GRV's own financials from a participant perspective - 2018 Report  - it shows much must be done.  Soon.

    The results will inform our actions going forward.

    GOTBA Vic Committee

    May 2019

  • 01/04/2019 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    GOTBA Vic's 2019 Supanite is coming up soon, on Wednesday 24 April (night meeting) at Sandown.  A night for members and sponsors to meet, discuss and catch up on issues in what has been a busy time in greyhound racing.

    The committee would love to see you there.  Here's the flyer - GOTBA SupaNite Flyer 2019.doc

    Book a dining package through Sandown to attend and we'll see you there!

    Cost - Buffet: Adult $40, kids 6-14yrs $15, 15-17 $25.  Buffet with drinks package included $65.  For trainers with greyhound racing on night, buffet is $15.

    There are a number of prizes and opportunities for members on and before the night.  One of the big events is a silent auction of  breaking-in and education spots - 2 from each of Keyon Kennels, Doctors Kennels and Casbrakay Kennels and one each from each of Catch Me If You Can kennels and Manning’s. Members can participate in the auction by sending in bids before 19 April 2019, but then also on the night itself, by filling in and returning the GOTBA SupaNite Auction 2019.doc

    GOTBA VIC COMMITTEE

  • 01/02/2019 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    GOTBA Vic has been requested by GRV to participate in a small (6-7 member) working group that is assisting on the development of proforma or template documents and other material ahead of the formal commencement of the Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds on 1 January 2020.

    GOTBA Vic committee members Rob Britton and Lynton Hogan are on the working group.

    We will keep you informed of our progress.  Comments to us by members on Code matters will, of course, be welcome.

    For more info, see the attached Note to Members - GOTBA Vic and GRV Working Group.pdf


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