$15 MILLION DOLLARS! That’s right folks – you heard it correctly! …

Comment on Alice Turf Club silent on financial issues by Punter.

$15 MILLION DOLLARS!
That’s right folks – you heard it correctly! Good on Alice Springs News Online for bringing to light these realities.
(A visit over to Thoroughbred Racing NT’s website (http://www.trnt.org.au/) and you will find it nearly impossible to source the important fact that its existence is underpinned by Taxpayer moneys. Why?)
However, TRNT does offer the standard platitudes “TRNT is a key employer and contributor to the Territory and national economy”.

So what about some serious statistics and reporting back to NT Taxpayers? Wouldn’t it be great to get some kind of breakdown regarding what this $15m actually provides to Territorians? What type of multiplier effect does this $15m have for local economies?
How about a visitation breakdown of local, interstate and international visitors? You know, all that standard reporting that everybody else receiving taxpayer funds has to do in the NT?
Or is the whole industry just a glitzy self indulgent false economy?
I’ll take a punt that no-one will have the guts to make a serious response to these simple and obvious questions.
Anyway, it looks at least that our local club will need to take a good hard look at itself this year – let’s hope we get more than buck passing.
Imagine if a really good look was taken at TRNT …
Come on ICAC! Come on ICAC! Get up you good thing!

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