ACTING New South Wales Racing Minister Mr David Elliott announced December 20, 2016, the appointment of Mr Peter Nugent as the new Board Member for Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW).
Mr Nugent has been involved in various capacities within the sport of harness racing since 1975 and fills the current vacancy and will sit on the HRNSW Board until February 2019.
A former School Principal, Mr Nugent brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge after having previously served on many harness racing club committees and boards.
“Peter brings a long-standing interest in harness racing as well as an extensive experience in community activities,” HRNSW Chairman Graham Kelly said.
“These community activities are across a wide range of platforms but especially with younger people and families.
“An important object of the Board is to seek the greater involvement of families in the spectacle of harness racing to which he (Peter) will be a real asset.”
Mr Nugent is looking forward to his new appointment.
“What a privilege and honour it is to be appointed to the Board of Harness Racing NSW,” Mr Nugent said.
“My thanks go to the Board who have placed their trust and faith in my ability to work with them in the interests of the harness racing industry throughout the state.
“It is my intention to keep in mind during deliberations all sections of the industry from the breeders, owners, trainers, drivers, administrators and of course our horses.
“I am humbled by the appointment but honoured to be part of the team at HRNSW.”
Harness Racing NSW undertook an exhaustive process before Mr Nugent’s appointment. The process included calling for applicants to submit applications, a specialist independent panel review and interview of the applicants and finally interviews were undertaken by the incumbent Board Members, prior to Mr Elliott’s announcement on behalf of the Racing Minister Troy Grant.