Greyhound owner hits at critics
LONG-time Murwillumbah greyhound enthusiast Cyril Boylett has urged towns- people to welcome a plan for a modern greyhound track as great news for small business, tourism and the community – and to “forget about the mindless noise made by negative souls”.
Mr Boylett, of Byangum, who has been involved with greyhounds for 30 years, said a development application for a track and complex near the Murwillumbah airfield, replacing the old grass complex at Tweed Heads, was bound to be approved.
His comments coincide with revelations from the Greyhound Racing NSW that the industry pumped $9.5million into the Richmond-Tweed economy last financial year, while opponents claim the industry is both cruel and promotes gambling.
Mr Boylett said many of the opponents were “just attempting another shot at the Tweed Council because of a misguided view that council will try to get away with something”.
However, he said one warning by an opponent that locals should “lock up their cats” was advice he fully endorsed.
“Regularly in the mornings on my property I'm collecting birds either dead, injured or the feathers of birds,” Mr Boylett said. “I have a strong opinion that this is the work of stray cats I see roaming around. My animals are all locked away and only let out under supervision.”
Mr Boylett said he and other trainers were devoted to their greyhounds.
“We have two old brood bitches that live mainly in the house,” he said.