Study to investigate new Queanbeyan greyhound race track
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) today confirmed it has commissioned PwC to conduct a feasibility study into the development of a new greyhound racing facility in the Queanbeyan region.
GRNSW officials were joined by NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro and Minister for Racing, Paul Toole in releasing the Terms of Reference for the independent assessment.
“Greyhound Racing NSW is committed to ongoing investment in race tracks and supporting facilities that are sustainable and provide a clear benefit to the industry and the community,” GRNSW CEO Tony Mestrov said.
“It is critical that any new race tracks tick all the boxes of our future track model, which means they must incorporate the latest gold standards of track safety and design, have high quality veterinary facilities on track and be capable of providing a better racing experience for patrons.”
“We know there are a number of greyhound trainers, owners and community members in the ACT and locally who would welcome a new track in the Queanbeyan region, and potentially other features including a Centre of Excellence and rehoming facilities.
“The independent feasibility study conducted by PwC will ensure we have all the information we need to make the right decisions for the industry.”
The Terms of Reference provided to PwC direct that consideration must be given to the potential for a new track at Queanbeyan to:
- be constructed in accordance with the findings of the ongoing University of Technology Sydney (UTS) study into optimal track design, to ensure the highest possible standards for animal welfare;
- attract sufficient attendance numbers for race meets, and assess the associated impact on surrounding tracks and clubs; and
- support a Centre of Excellence, with rehoming facilities.
The feasibility study is expected to be finalised and presented to the NSW Minister for Racing by the end of 2018. The complete Terms of reference can be accessed here.
Mr Mestrov said GRNSW will continue to explore further opportunities to build greyhound racing in NSW as a sustainable and socially responsible sport.