Former racing minister appointed to $250,000, four-year term on board of Racing NSW

Former racing minister George Souris has been appointed to the board of Racing NSW on a four-year term during which he will be paid more than $250,000.

Mr Souris, a former leader of the NSW Nationals and member of the Order of Australia, was racing minister for three years under former premier Barry O’Farrell.

Mr Souris, 67, retired from politics before the 2015 state election after being dumped from cabinet in a 2014 reshuffle announced by then Nationals leader Andrew Stoner and incoming premier Mike Baird.

Shortly before he was dumped from cabinet, Mr Souris announced a $10 million grant to establish The Championships thoroughbred carnival at Randwick and Rosehill racecourses.

On Tuesday, Racing Minister Paul Toole, the Nationals MP for Bathurst, announced Mr Souris’ appointment to the Racing NSW board.

“As a former NSW minister for racing, Mr Souris brings a wealth of racing knowledge and experience,” Mr Toole said.

Mr Souris will be paid $63,000 a year in the role. This will come on top of his taxpayer funded parliamentary pension worth more than $150,000 a year for life.

Mr Toole also announced the reappointment to the Racing NSW board for one year of former Labor racing minister Kevin Greene.

Mr Souris served in the NSW Parliament as the member for Upper Hunter for almost 27 years.

In May last year, he was appointed president of the Library Council of NSW – an unpaid position – by then arts minister and Nationals leader Troy Grant.

The following June he was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to the NSW Parliament and the community of Upper Hunter.

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