Mount Isa Race Club president, Dan Ballard is confident his club is on track to realise its full potential following last week’s Annual General Meeting.
Club members elected a nine-person committee, which includes four fresh faces and a new executive treasurer in experienced businesswoman, Norma-Jean Caldwell.
Mr Ballard said the new-look committee hoped to build on the strong foundations laid in 2016/17 – a year in which the club managed a significant turnaround.
“We now have the perfect mix of experienced campaigners and new faces from a variety of backgrounds to continue building on the work started in the financial year 2016/17,” Mr Ballard said.
“Every decision the committee makes aims to improve our core product, which is racing. The long-term view is to increase our capacity to comfortably cater to large race day audiences.
“Last financial year the club applied to Racing Queensland, and were successful, in obtaining funding from the Country and Regional Capital Works Program. The grant will allow the club to purchase new starting gates, construct a new inside and outside running rail, and to build new shed to store our machinery.”
The club has now met all Racing Queensland compliance requirements and is hoping to streamline this process in coming months.
“Racing Queensland has been very helpful and patient with the club’s committee as we worked with them to address the backlog of non-compliance that needed to be resolved following last year’s AGM” Mr Ballard said.
Mr Ballard said Ms Caldwell’s business acumen made her an ideal treasurer for the club.
“The club is very fortunate to have someone with NJ’s business and banking background acting as its treasurer, and I look forward to working together to achieve continued growth,” he said.
The club is now gearing up for its Melbourne Cup celebrations on Tuesday, November 7.
Mr Ballard invited the community to get trackside to celebrate the ‘Race that stops a nation’.
“We have five action-packed local races, a jumping castle for the kids, and the public is welcome to book a table on the patio to enjoy the running of the Melbourne Cup and watch some great country racing” he said.
“We have been overwhelmed with responses for our Luncheon, which has now sold out.”
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Mount Isa Race Club Committee 2017/18
President: Dan Ballard
Vice President: Mick Tully
Treasurer: Norma-Jean Caldwell
Secretary: Tammy Parry
Committee: Melanie See (incumbent), Cameron Moore (Incumbent), Jay Morris (Incumbent), Michael Genockey (New), Annie Cremer (Incumbent), Paul Ryan (New), Brad Black (Incumbent), Warren Bailey (New).