Racing to repeal ban

Lithgow Greyhound Club John Brain with Royal Blend (left) and Kravings, said he wanted to see ban legislation repealed. Photo: DECLAN RURENGALithgow’s greyhound trainersare looking forward to a “harmonious working relationship” with NSW Minister for RacingPaul Toole.
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Mr Toole was sworn into the portfolios of racing and lands and forestry earlier this week.

Lithgow Greyhound Club president John Brain said he would like to see Mr Toole repeal legislation which banned the sport.

“He should get the greyhound board together who will run the sport into the future,” Mr Brain said.

He said the club’s relationship with Mr Toole had been positive in the past.

“We had a meeting with Mr Toole mid-last year, we met with him after we lost five race meetings, and after that we got those race meetings back,” he said.

Mr Brain said Mr Toole sent off a letter to keep the meetings in Lithgow.

“He’s done well for us, we would like to see that continue. We’re cautious but hopeful. Politics is a funny thing, it’s not exact,” he said.

“It’s been dragging on, hopefully now that they’ve got things settled, things will take shape.”

Mr Toole said he was excited to take on the racing portfolio, with greyhounds to remain an important part of the industry in NSW.

“The ban is dead and buried,” he said.

“I’ll be working with stakeholders to bring new legislation to ensure that the industry continues to operate.”

Mr Toole said he was waiting for a report from the industry reform panel headed by former NSW Premier Morris Iemma.

“The panel reports in the next couple of weeks,” Mr Toole said.

“We’re bringing that legislation on as soon as we can so there is certainty for the greyhound industry.

“When you look at the racing industry as a whole, employees, participants and volunteers, it’s worth $3.3 billion to the economy.”

Mr Toole said he was looking forward to working with stakeholders like Lithgow Greyhound Club.

“I acknowledge many in the greyhound industry see it as more than just an income, more than a job, more than a hobby, the greyhounds they care for have become part of their family,” he said.

Lithgow Greyhound Club’s next meeting is set for February 18, with the first race from midday.

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