NSW Greyhound Racing Continues Its Reform in 2017
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has released its annual report for 2016/17, which highlights the significant reform that has been undertaken by the NSW greyhound racing industry over the 12 month period.
The 2016/17 period was a tumultuous time for the greyhound industry in NSW, beginning with the announcement in July 2016 that the industry was to be banned before the NSW Government rightfully overturned its decision in October 2016.
Despite the uncertainty about the future of industry in the early part of 2016/17, GRNSW - with the commitment of participants - surged ahead with its reform agenda.
Key highlights from the annual report were:
• A 11% increase in prizemoney and travel subsidy distributions to participants;
• A 54% increase in the number of greyhounds adopted through the Greyhounds As Pets program;
• A 57% increase in the number of swabs analysed with 8121 swabs undertaken in 2016/17 which was couple with a significant reduction in the percentage of positive swabs; and
• A 5% increase in wagering turnover on NSW greyhound racing with national turnover totalling $1.31 billion
The annual report also details the vital work being undertaken to enhance animal welfare outcomes for greyhounds at all stages of the lifecycle, including an overview of the new measures introduced to improve track safety and increase rehoming opportunities for retired greyhounds.
Progress has continued into the new 2017/18 period with the appointment of a new GRNSW Board, the selection of three commissioners to head the soon to be established Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission, and the recruitment of a full-time Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of GRNSW.