3389. Hon Alison Xamon to the minister representing the Minister for Racing and Gaming:
I refer to the Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) Welfare Subcommittee, and I ask:
(a) what are the membership rules for this subcommittee;
(b) would this subcommittee entertain an independent observer to their meetings; and
(c) is it possible for an non-RWWA employee to become part of this and other subcommittees?
Hon Alannah MacTiernan replied:
(a) The Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) is established under section 16 of Racing and Wagering Western Australia Act 2003 (the Act) which states;
(1) The Board may –
(a) appoint committees of directors or other persons; and
(b) discharge, alter or reconstitute any committee.
(2) A committee is to comply with any direction or requirement of the board.
(3) A committee may, with the approval of the board, invite any person, including a member of staff, to participate in a meeting of the committee but such person cannot vote on any resolution before the committee.
(4) Subject to sub-section (2), a committee may determine its own procedures.
As per section 4 of the Animal Welfare Committee Charter:
The Committee shall consist of the following regular members:
Board Director (Chair)
General Manager Racing Integrity General Manager Racing
Manager Animal Welfare
Animal Welfare Coordinator (Secretariat)
Chief Executive Officer
Manager Veterinary Services
Manager Public Relations
Strategic Planning Advisor (Racing)
Code Racing Managers
Off the Track WA Representative (Marketing)
With the approval of the Committee, other persons with the relevant experience or other relevant parties, may be requested to attend a meeting, or part of a meeting as contributors or as observers, to provide additional expertise to the Committee.
(b) Refer to Section 16 of Racing and Wagering Western Australia Act 2003 (the Act):
(3) A committee may, with the approval of the board, invite any person, including a member of staff, to participate in a meeting of the committee.
(c) Yes it is possible for a non-RWWA employee to become part of this and other subcommittees.