New CEO for Racing QldFriday 20 April 2018
A former Tatts Group executive is the new CEO of Racing Queensland.
Brendan Parnell will fill the position left vacant when former CEO Eliot Forbes resigned last month.
Mr Parnell has a number of immediate challenges, notably the state of the track at Eagle Farm which has been closed for all but one of the last four years, primarily due to poor turf cover.
Chairman of Racing Queensland Steve Wilson said Mr Parnell was keenly aware of the need to resolve the matter.
"I am pleased that the grow-in is showing some positive signs after the final sections of the track were completed last week," Mr Wilson said in a statement.
"I look forward to progress reports as we count-down to its return to our racing schedule."
Mr Parnell said he was looking forward to the challenge.
"How we connect and enhance racing is critical for its more than 41,000 participants. I'm excited by that challenge and the many opportunities in coming years," he said in a statement.
Queensland Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe last month slammed Racing Queensland over the lengthy closure of the Eagle Farm track.
"There have been too many excuses from Racing Queensland and others, too little clarity about what exactly are the impediments to finishing the job," Mr Hinchliffe told parliament.
But following Dr Forbes' departure, Mr Hinchliffe issued a statement praising the former racing boss.
"His is a positive legacy for Queensland's racing industry, and I wish him well for the future," the minister said.
Mr Parnell most recently was the Chief Operating Officer for Tatts Group, which operated UBET prior to Tatts Group's merger with Tabcorp in December 2017.