Mildura Weekly : Friday May 16 2014 Vol 8 No 28
Mildura Weekly – 16/05/14 73 www.milduraphonebook.com.au Helping keep State’s racing industry ‘clean’ THE commissioner overseeing the integrity of racing, trotting and greyhound racing in Victoria says he is visiting Mildura to get direct input from people interested in the future of the industry. Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna is visiting Mildura as part of a regional ‘roadshow,’ and will do a presentation and meet with local community members at the Inlander Resort on Monday night. It is seen as an opportunity for Sunraysia people to get an over- view of the measures in place to ensure the Victorian racing indus- try operates free from the influence of crime and corruption – but the meeting is also an opportunity for people to have input. “My role is essentially one of a public defender,” Mr Perna said. “And I cannot perform that role un- less I know what people’s concerns are. “We need to make sure people have confidence in the industry – that is what the racing industry de- pends on for its survival. The way to confidence is to have a very ro- bust integrity process, and Victoria is one of the few jurisdictions in Australia – even the world – that has a role such as this.” Mr Perna said people who had information and concerns to pass on could speak to him, or they could report information anony- mously in a number of ways. “I would love people to come and talk to me if they are frustrated or upset about what is happening within racing,” he said. “My role allows me to investigate concerns, or refer them to other authorities such as police, if that’s appropriate. But people can also provide infor- mation to me anonymously, and be completely confident that what they provide through our website, or through our hotline (1300 227 225) can’t be traced back to them in any way.” Mr Perna said common in- nuendo about a lack of integrity in racing often did not stand up to scrutiny. He said one comment from people was that can’t be a clean industry “because of what goes on.” “If you ask people what they mean, often they talk about the Fine Cotton incident,” he said. “It happened in 1984, it didn’t even happen in Victoria, and a lot has changed – but it still clouds peo- ple’s perception about what it is all about. “But that said, I would ask peo- ple to pass on information about any suspicions they have, and what they know. I want to hear any infor- mation people have about what is frustrating them, if they feel it’s an unfair playing field.” The Racing Integrity Commis- sioner’s website is www.racingin- tegrityvic.gov.au . Monday night’s Roadshow session at the Inlander starts at 7.30pm. By ADAM LUITJES WHEN Western Bulldogs players were choosing where to go for re- gional coaching clinics, Brett Goodes made sure he was coming to Sunray- sia. The 30-year-old spent 18 months of his childhood living in the region – first in Merbein and then Mildura – before his family relocated to Hor- sham. Although not interested in foot- ball at the time, Brett says his first football memory was at a coaching clinic in Mildura. “I can still remember Che Cock- atoo-Collins from Essendon speak- ing,” he said. “I hadn’t played foot- ball at that stage, and that experience had a positive impact on me. “It is great coming back to Mil- dura, on the way to the oval we went past my old primary school and the swimming pool, which brought back many fond memories. “My brother Adam (dual Brown- low medallist with the Sydney Swans) played footy at Merbein, and I can still remember watching him play.” Arriving at the Bulldogs via the 2012 Rookie Draft, Brett played the first 13 games before a broken arm cut short his season. After making a full recovery, the rebounding de- fender says he’s back on track. “The body is feeling great,” he said. “After playing round one I have spent the last two games as an emer- gency. “I’m playing good footy in the VFL, so hopefully I’ll be back in the senior side soon.” Brett joined teammates Ayce Cordy, Matthew Fuller, Luke Dahl- haus, Josh Prudden, Liam Picken, Jackson Macrae and Mitch Wallis at Mildura’s Sarah Oval as part of Tues- day’s regional coaching clinic. More than 450 local primary school students took part in the clinic, and according to Sunraysia’s AFL Victoria Football Development Manager Trevor Ryan, it was a huge success. “The kids love meeting these AFL players,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if they don’t support the Bulldogs, they recognise them from television and look up to them. “Numbers were down this year because the NAPLAN testing took away the Year 5’s, but unfortunately we couldn’t do anything about that. “The clinic is all about students having fun, and it’s great for them to have this opportunity. “Driving the Western Bulldogs players from the airport you could tell they were excited to be here.” Bulldog Brett at home in Mildura • Former Mildura local – now Western Bulldogs superstar – Brett Goodes, is pictured ABOVE with Sacred Heart Primary School student Dominique Alicastro, 12. 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