State Govt hoping to help Qld horse racing regain good name

RACING Queensland has had its first meeting, with the Queensland Government eager to show the industry will soon regain its credibility.

Ahead of a Commission of Inquiry in July, Racing Minister Steve Dickson joined Racing Queensland chairman Kevin Dixon to open the first board gathering.

The new board, announced on April 19, is made up of "industry leaders" including Local Government Association Queensland boss Greg Hallam and lawyer for the Morcombe family Peter Boyce.

Mr Dickson said the board was part of a plan to build Queensland racing "from the ground up".

He said the industry's reputation would eventually be restored, after claims that millions of dollars in contracts were given to companies without going out to tender by the former Queensland Labor Government.

The inquiry is expected to run for three months.



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