The State Government has acknowledged outgoing Racing and Wagering Western Australia chief executive Richard Burt for his 13 years of service, during which time he had led the organisation through a period of significant reform.
Mr Burt has presided over important work to drive the competitiveness of the WA TAB and address market challenges to maximise returns to the WA racing industry – including a $159 million return to racing in 2019.
He led the industry through important animal welfare reforms, enhancements to the WA TAB product and multiple infrastructure improvements.
Mr Burt worked to help ensure 30 per cent of the State Government’s Point of Consumption tax was returned to the WA racing industry to assist with its ongoing development.
Mr Burt finishes in the role on September 30, 2020.
As stated by Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia:
“On a personal note, it has been a pleasure to work with someone of Richard’s calibre. His industry knowledge, business acumen and communication skills are second-to-none.
“Richard’s adept stewardship of RWWA has ensured the industry has met the significant challenges it has faced over the last 13 years.
“His work to lead the State Government’s significant animal welfare reforms, drive the WA TAB’s competitiveness, and ensure the Point of Consumption tax delivers benefits to the industry has been commendable.
“Richard’s leadership and careful management has meant the organisation and wider industry are well placed to succeed into the future.”