The Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (MGRA) is one of Australia’s largest and most successful Greyhound Racing Clubs. A not-for-profit (NFP) organisation the association was inaugurated last century in 1955. The MGRA first home and track was in Maribyrnong before moving to North Melbourne in and then into the heart of Melbourne’s sporting precinct Olympic Park. Monday nights from 1962 become an institution for Melbourne’s Greyhound Racing Community.
The association held race meetings at Olympic Park up until 1999 when it then shifted out to Broadmeadows to a state-of-the-art purpose designed and built track aptly named ‘The Meadows’. The meadows remains the association’s home today. The building of ‘The Meadows’ was a huge investment, but was also underpinned by a consideration towards supporting the local City of Hume community with a venue and events centre that could be utilised beyond racing activity. It sured up the associations future and gave rise to a jewel in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. The Meadows racetrack and venue today proudly holds the title as Australia’s most prestigious greyhound racing track.
A detailed timeline of the Melbourne Greyhounds Racings history an be viewed here.
Racing at The Meadows
Today The Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association presides over 104 greyhound racing meets annually (more than 1000 races), all hosted at The Meadows. Race meets occurs Wednesday’s and Saturday nights and free to attend. Ten Group 1 Races are contested across the racing calendar and include a variety of premier races:
> The Australian Cup
> The Phoenix
> Top Gun
> The Hume Cup
> Great Chase Grand Final
> The Sliver Chief and others
Over $2 million in prize money is won and distributed to owners of greyhounds raced at The Meadows under MGRA governance. The lions share of this prize money is offered by Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV), with a significant contribution made my MGRA.
Meet the MGRA Board
Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association Board of Directors:
The Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association has a long list of people who held a membership with the association. Many of these people are larger than life Australian greyhound racing dignitaries and people who’ve set the pace and paved the way forward for the sport. Today the current MGRA membership sits at over 150 active and engaged members.
How to be become a MGRA member:
A person must be proposed and seconded by current full financial MGRA Member as part of the nomination process. All applications are presented before the Chairman and Directors of the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association Board for approval at nominated association meeting dates. Upon approval, a membership notice will be forwarded to proposed person.
Membership to the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association entitles members to the following:
1. Voting Rights (Annual General Meeting held annually in November)
2. Invitation to the Annual Members Dinner
3. A Membership Card (Used for dining discount in the City View Bistro)
4. Quarterly Newsletter
5. Discounted Meadows Conference & Events Centre Hire (www.themeadowsevents.com.au)
Joining Fee (One Off): $27.50
Annual Subscription Fee: $27.50 (Pensioner/Senior: $13.75)
Membership is for a calendar year. Subscriptions fees are due December 31st each year.
Have a question for the MGRA or about membership?
Please contact the MGRA Membership Services Team.
Telephone: (03) 9355 5222