Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has backed the NSW Government’s investment in the greyhound industry.
Over the weekend it was announced that $25 million in additional infrastructure funding and a new funding model for the Greyhound Welfare Integrity Commission (GWIC) has been formulated as part of this week’s state budget.
Mr Saunders said the NSW Government will relieve Greyhound Racing NSW of their funding obligations for GWIC, freeing up millions of dollars a year for the industry.
“This is huge news for the entire industry, from owners and trainers to punters and spectators. Everyone wins from this announcement,” he said.
“The NSW Government will now fully-fund GWIC, which will free up funding for the operational arm of the industry, including $25 million which is to be invested in the newly established Greyhound Industry Future Fund that will invest in capital items like grandstands and patron facilities, as well as rehoming facilities.
“Dubbo Greyhound Racing Club has been very proactive in recent times and is a leader in the industry. The recent Brother Fox carnival saw huge crowds at Dawson Park and the popularity of the sport is growing, which is great to see.”
Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said the new funding arrangement is revolutionary for the sector and will create a stronger greyhound industry in NSW.
“We’ve established an independent regulator for the greyhound industry in NSW and after listening to feedback from stakeholders we know it’s important GWIC’s budget is approved and funded independently,” Mr Anderson said.
Dubbo Greyhound Racing Club president Shayne Stiff, who is also involved with Greyhound Clubs NSW, also welcomed the announcement.
“This is exactly what clubs have been calling for and I congratulate the Minister and the NSW Government for working with the industry,” he said.
“This is a huge step forward for NSW clubs and the greyhound industry.”