Racing upgrade to benefit region

GREYHOUND Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) has dismissed claims by the Friends of the Hound that a proposed $5.6 million greyhound racing facility at South Murwillumbah would not deliver economic or social benefit to the region.

GRNSW chief executive Brent Hogan said Tweed Heads is classified as one of the fastest-growing greyhound racing regions in the state.

“For the 2010 financial year the direct economic contribution of greyhound racing in the Richmond Tweed region is estimated to be $9.5 million,” Mr Hogan said.

“In addition to the significant direct economic contribution in dollar terms, total employment attributable to greyhound racing in the Richmond Tweed region is estimated to be 108 full-time equivalent jobs.”

Mr Hogan said the GRNSW had a Greyhound and Animal Welfare Policy and had always been concerned with greyhounds' wellbeing.

“Through Greyhounds As Pets, our team is working closely with many different groups, including those in the Tweed Heads region, to improve the welfare of greyhounds,” he said.

Mr Hogan said the proposed track would have economic and social benefits.

“The tracks provide a venue that can be used by the community for a diverse range of activities when races are not being held, as well as essential facilities for the sport's participants.”



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