2019-2020 Annual Report

Chairmans Report

2019/20 will be a year to remember for the Penrith Paceway.

We commenced the year with our long term CEO Lorraine Pozza retiring after 30 years at the helm and the entire Board and Membership wish her only the best in her future travels.

The Board undertook an extensive recruitment proBram and determined that Mrs Tash Greentree was the best applicant to move the club forward and she was appointed in July 20L9.

During the year the Board also lost the services of another long term Board Member and the current Chairman in Ray Hunnam who whilst unable to continue on the Board has not been lost to the club and is still actively involved.

The 176th Penrith Show was a success and I thank our staff and many wonderful volunteers for their efforts during this period. There is a lot done behind the scene to ensure the success of this event that is still ranked high on the Annual Penrith Event Calendar.

The end of 2019 saw a revamped event calendar developed by Tash and there was a positive buzz around with Bull Riding Rodeo, Camel Racing, and Movies under the stars to be held at the Paceway

But then 2020 saw the Covidl9 virus sweep the country and Club Paceway like everyone else was forced to close for a period of time. During this time the positive attitude of our staff saw much needed maintenance undertaken and with their support the Paceway was able to continue to provide the Trotting lndustry with a venue to continue racing, even though it was behind closed gates.

To Tash and the whole team a very big vote of thanks for not only your efforts but your willingness to work with what has been a very trying time, Every section from Brendan and the bar to Karyne and the catering to Robbie and his ground crew have operated in a trying period with positivity and a smile and it has not gone unnoticed by members and others who use the Paceway.

To all our members, as we slowly come out of this lock down period, your club will be providing you with the best service and value for money that we can and I would ask you to support your local as we move through this difficult period.

Lastly to my fellow Directors a heartfelt thank-you for your support and guidance over the past few months, together with the staff it will be upwards from here.

Geoff Payne
Acting Chairperson