Queenslandfaceswetanddryproblems

February3,20192:01pm。

byAAP

RacingQueenslandisintheunusualpositionofpreparingtoseekgovernmentreliefforraceclubshitbyfloodsanddrought。

QueenslandraceclubsinthenorthhavebeenhitbyrecordrainfallwithTownsvillesmeetingonTuesdaycalledofftwodaysago。

RQexpectstherewillbeconsiderabledamagethroughoutthenorthtoracingtracksandcourseinfrastructureswhilemanyclubsinthesoutharestartingtorunoutofwaterafterarecorddryJanuary。

ThedamsatBrisbanetracksarerapidlydryingupmeaningEagleFarmandDoombenarelikelytostartusingtownwaterandbuyingwaterwithinaweek。

RQplanstohelptheclubsapplyforassistancefrombothfederalandstategovernments。

Thegoverningbodyhasalsojoinedotheranimal-basedindustriesinexpressingconcernsatthenewinteractivemap,AussiesFarms,launchedbyananimalrightscharity。

Thewebsiteshowsthelocationsofmorethan500racingfacilitiesacrossAustralia。

AussieFarmsusessocialmediachannelstolistthelocationsandinmanyinstancescontactdetails,ofmorethan5000Australianfarms,abattoirsandotherfacilities。

RQchiefoperatingofficerAdamWallishsaidRQwasconcernedaboutanimalwelfare,thehealthandsafetyofindustryparticipantsandprospectiveprivacybreaches。

TheconductofAussieFarmsinrecenttimesiscauseforconcern,Wallishsaid。

RacingQueenslandiscommittedtoensuringthehealthandwellbeingofourhorsesandgreyhounds,whilealsoallowingourindustryparticipantstooperatefreelyandfairlywithoutthereleaseofprivateinformation。