Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association

Introducing one of Australia’s largest and most successful Greyhound Racing Clubs, the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (MGRA). Inaugurated last century in 1955, we’re a not-for-profit (NFP) community organisation that has had many homes across Melbourne, however now call the The Meadows our home.

A quick look back

The MGRAs first home and track was in Maribyrnong before moving to North Melbourne and then into the heart of Melbourne’s major city 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 and a new state-of-the-art purpose designed and built greyhound racing 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.

The Meadows Conference & Events Centre

Introducing a state-of-the-art, bright, modern and immersive facility that can cater for a wide range of events and activities – and hopefully yours.

Community Engagement

There’s no prouder member of the local City of Hume community than the MGRA. We see ourselves as more much than a racing association.

Employment Opportunities

From time to time, great work opportunities become available with the MGRA. These include track maintenance, hospitality and administration occupations.

MGRA Racing History

From humble beginnings back in the 1950’s to today the MGRA has presided over some of Australia’s most heralded greyhound races.

Sponsorship Program

A MGRA Meadows Sponsorship & Partnership Package is a thrilling and high engagement way to put your business out in front of millions of people and
assist you to stay ahead of the pack!

Meet the MGRA Board

Passion. Commitment. Dedication. Three simple, but powerful words that any good board member needs to provide to make their seat at the table a valuable and contributing one. For many years the MGRA have had a wonderful and astute group of board members who have taken the sport  and this association forward, allowing it too flourish. Below is the current board. The current generation leading the MGRA and ensuring the integrity of this sport thrives for the people who participate in it and those who enjoy watching it.

Barbara Backhoy Chair

  • MGRA Director since 2018
  • Chairman and member of the Executive since January 2023
  • Veterinarian and owner of the Langwarrin Veterinary Clinic
  • Member of the GRV Industry Consultative Group
  • Family involvement in greyhound racing

Terrence J Davis Vice Chairman

  • MGRA Director since 1992
  • Member of the Executive
  • MGRA Life Member
  • Extensive business management and governance experience
  • Member of the GRV Industry Consultative Group

Len Ketelaar Director

  • MGRA Director since 1990
  • MGRA Life Member
  • Former Business Owner (retired)
  • Former greyhound racing trainer and breeder

John E Hutchison Director

  • MGRA Director since 2000
  • Member of the Executive
  • MGRA Life Member
  • Retired Certified Practising Accountant (CPA)
  • Greyhound Owner and Breeder

Troy Iwanyk Director

  • MGRA Director since 2018
  • Qualified Lawyer
  • Executive Officer of Greyhound Clubs Australia (GCA)
  • Greyhound racing trainer

Mark Dooley

  • MGRA Director since 2022
  • General Manager of large retail business in Melbourne
  • Greyhound racing owner and breeder

Anthony Gwynne Director

  • MGRA Director since 2023
  • National Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager
  • Greyhound racing owner

MGRA Membership

The Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association has a long list of well known personalities and racing identities who have 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

Nomination Process: A person must be proposed and seconded by a current full financial Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association Member as part of the nomination process. All applications are presented before the Chairperson and Directors of the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association Board for approval at a nominated association meeting. Upon approval, a membership notice will be forwarded to proposed person.

Membership Benefits

Membership to the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association entitles
members to the following:

  • Voting Rights (Annual General Meeting held annually in November)
  • Invitation to the Annual Members Dinner
  • A Membership Card (Used for dining discount in the City View Bistro)
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Discounted Meadows Conference & Events Centre Hire.

Membership Fee

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 about membership? Please contact the MGRA Membership Services Team.