Manning Valley Race Club officially started operations this week when the club’s constitution was ratified.
The club is an amalgam of the Taree-Wingham and Krambach clubs. It will be the third largest in Country NSW in terms of the number of meetings conducted (22).
Manning Valley Race Club chairman Greg Coleman said Monday night’s specially convened meeting attracted nearly 30 Taree-Wingham members. The motion to accept the constitution received 100 per cent approval.
Mr Coleman said he will be standing for the position of chairman at the annual club’s annual meeting on Wednesday November 15. This was to be the annual meeting of the Taree-Wingham club. All members of the current board, made up of five representatives from the former Taree-Wingham club and four from Krambach, are also expected to stand. The board came into place when Krambach ceased operations September 30.
Board members are Brian Kelly, Martin Bates, Trevor Wisemantle, Sandra Kiely (formerly Krambach), Greg Coleman, Neil Dignam, Tony Walton, Steve Knott and Neville Frame (formerly Taree-Wingham).
Mr Coleman said the club’s official launch will be on Thursday January 4 at the Bushland drive rack. This will be Harrington Cup day.
He explained there are still some minor details to be finalised, including signage at the Bushland Drive track and club stationery.
“We’ll have all that in place by January 4,’’ he said.
Harrington Cup day was one of the biggest meetings run by Taree-Wingham during the holiday season.
Mr Coleman said the Membr for Lyne Dr David Gillespie and Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead will be invited to the launch as will MidCoast Council mayor Cr David West. Cr West attended last Friday’s Krambach Cup meeting.
He has said previously he wants to work with the club to help promote the area and believes the Taree Gold Cup Carnival has the potential to a magnet to attract people here.