Border Park dog racing may jump over to Queensland rule
GREYHOUND racing on the Tweed isn't going anywhere soon.
Discussions are underway between Greyhound Racing NSW and Racing Queensland Limited regarding a proposal to transfer racing at Tweed Head's Border Park to Queensland's racing jurisdiction.
Despite this, Tweed Heads Coursing Club chief executive Stephen McGrath stressed that his club would still retain full control of Border Park if the deal went through.
"It's only an investigation and it's not set in concrete. There are about 11,000 bridges to cross first," he said.
The coursing club was in negotiations to sell a portion of its land at Border Park which would allow the construction of new amenities for patrons and a kennel block for the dogs.
Without structural reform TAB racing was off the cards, but the new proposed reforms would allow two weekly TAB meets and a potential for 104 overall race meets.
Mr McGrath was keen to progress the proposal
"Anything that leads to greater use of what will be an outstanding new racing facility at Border Park is a win for Tweed Heads as well as a win for participants and supporters of greyhound racing in this region," he said.
Racing NSW chief executive Brent Hogan said the proposal could see great outcomes for both state's participants.
"GRNSW see this proposal as an ideal opportunity to benefit participants and to grow greyhound racing in the Tweed, no matter which side of the border they live on," he said.
Racing Queensland chairman Kevin Dixon agreed.
"Greyhound racing on the Gold Coast was lost several years ago and it seems only logical to investigate a proposal on the nearby Border Park facility," he said.