Interim Racing Queensland chief Ian Hall earning close to $20,000 a week
WITH Darren Condon set to exit this week, Racing Queensland now has the most expensive interim racing chief executive in the country.
The Racing Minister’s office referred The Courier-Mail back to RQ last week when quizzed on the cost of KPMG and Ian Hall acting in the interim role.
The figure is understood to be in the vicinity of $20,000 per week.
The inevitable sacking of Condon ends a tumultuous few months for the former RQ chief, who was made the scapegoat for the atrocities occurring in greyhound racing.
Condon should look back with pride on his time with Racing Queensland, being part of several landmark deals that helped restore confidence to the industry.
Being across every single issue in three vastly different codes of racing is a nigh on impossible task.
Condon had his share of detractors, but even his harshest critics cannot detract from the way he went about rubbing out those responsible for live baiting, even though it was almost certain from the get-go his position was likely to go.
Fronting up to a room full of angry greyhound participants early on during the scandal showed the man has plenty of substance.
The Courier-Mail article on Saturday depicting the love fest between BRC chairman Neville Bell and chief executive Dave Whimpey was the talk of the track on Saturday.
Bell’s description of Whimpey as the “Black Caviar of Brisbane racing” was universally ridiculed.
Whimpey may well be a golden nugget in Bell’s eyes, but at a time when racing is in turmoil and the BRC’s trainers are bleeding with uncertainty over the future of Eagle Farm, the timing for such a piece couldn’t have been worse.
Whimpey would be well advised to ask some questions of his tenants to get a more realistic picture of where racing people see the club at this point in time.
With the Minister’s latest dismissive response to the whereabouts of the $12 million Eagle Farm loan approval, it might also be time for the BRC Board to start looking at Plan B for the funding of the tunnels.
It’s hard to imagine a more insulting response than the one which the Minister’s ‘spokesperson’ did at the weekend regarding “currently considering the documentation.”
How much consideration does one project need?
Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Brisbane Courier Mail