Greg Nichols New Chair Of Racing Aust

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Experienced administrator Greg Nichols is the new chair of following the resignation of Frances Nelson.

A director of , Nichols was elected to the position on Monday with Nelson stepping down to concentrate on issues in where racing is suffering because of the lack of any return from the new .

“I feel honoured to be elected as chair and I'm committed to making Racing Australia the ‘can do' and proactive organisation needed to ensure the continued growth and success of Australian thoroughbred racing,” Nichols said.

“As chairman, my focus will be on the sustainability of thoroughbred racing nationally, the critical importance of the welfare of participants and, given the global footprint of racing, using Australian racing's scale and success to responsibly and influence international racing.”

Nelson will remain on the board while she tackles the problems in South Australia with TRSA already announcing cuts to autumn showpiece races and infrastructure.

The SA government has cut $5.25 million from its funding to racing and, unlike , NSW and , has not allocated any income from the Point of Consumption tax to the industry.

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