Reform panel another way to squeeze us out: greyhound trainer

Spring Hill greyhound trainer Greg Board with Spring Skipper. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA
Spring Hill greyhound trainer Greg Board with Spring Skipper. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA

The greyhound industry reform panel has delivered its recommendations after months of political turmoil.

The report recommends whole-of-life tracking for greyhounds, an enforceable code for welfare as well as tougher licensing conditions.

However, Spring Hill greyhound trainer Greg Board said much of the work was “waste of money” as several of the recommendations had already been adopted by the industry in the wake of the live baiting scandal.

“My personal opinion is they are trying to make it harder and harder to have a greyhound and try and weed us out in a different way,” Mr Board said.

The reform panel, headed by former NSW Premier Morris Iemma was started when the state government backed down on its greyhound ban.

“The government is going to respond to all 122 recommendations and we are hopeful of doing that over the coming weeks,” NSW racing minister Paul Toole said.

The report recommends splitting Greyhound Racing NSW’s regulatory and commercial responsibilities into two separate government agencies.

Mr Board said the resulting extra costs for caring for greyhounds would push some trainers and owners out of the industry.

“Country racing winnings aren’t going to be feasible (winning) $180 a race,” Mr Board said.

Mr Board has recently installed air-conditioning on a trailer to carry greyhounds at a cost of $6000.

“That’s a lot of $180 race wins,” he said.

“The main thing they should be looking at is the intercode agreement. 

“We give $35 million to the horses each year, with that money we could have the best animal welfare in the world.”