Committee member Kym Geddes, vice president Joanne Gardiner, president Leanne Modolo and committee member Brian Kirk appeal for help to save the Bundaberg Race Club.
Committee member Kym Geddes, vice president Joanne Gardiner, president Leanne Modolo and committee member Brian Kirk appeal for help to save the Bundaberg Race Club. Mike Knott

Crisis meeting for Bundy club

NEW Bundaberg Race Club committee member Mary Hassam has called for the local racing community to put personal differences aside and unite in an effort to save the organisation.

The committee will hold a public meeting tonight as it rushes to satisfy the conditions of a “show cause” notice issued to it by governing body Racing Queensland.

If the club fails to address internal issues and prove its ongoing financial viability within the next 20 days, its licence will be cancelled.

Mrs Hassam encouraged everyone with an interest in racing to attend the public meeting and put their ideas forward.

“We’re asking for everyone to bury their personal differences and to keep the club’s welfare at heart,” she said.

“The club needs people to come forward and concentrate on addressing the problems and making racing in Bundaberg a success again.”

Racing Queensland intervened after police were called to Thabeban Park in the aftermath of a heated annual meeting on March 20.

The new Bundaberg Race Club committee has admitted the organisation owes money to creditors, but has not revealed how much.

Mrs Hassam hoped the new committee would be able to satisfy Racing Queensland and signal a new era for the ailing club.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” she said.

“There’s no such thing as a ‘won’t’ at the moment.

"We’re doing everything we can to move forward and save this club.”

New committee members are now working on a revised business model for the organisation, and members of the local industry are understood to have each contributed money to a fighting fund.

Mrs Hassam said there was still a long way to go before the club could address conditions dictated by Racing Queensland.

She encouraged people to attend the meeting at Thabeban Park in the upstairs clubroom at 5.30pm.



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