Coordinator General appointed for greyhounds closure

Published 14th July, 2016 in Sport & Recreation

Dr John Keniry AM has been appointed Coordinator General of the Greyhounds Transition Taskforce that will guide the industry to closure over the next 12 months.

Two greyhounds racing on a track
The Greyhounds Transition Taskforce will guide the industry to a humane and orderly closure.

Dr Keniry, the NSW Natural Resources Commissioner, will head a taskforce to work with the NSW greyhound racing industry and RSPCA NSW to develop a transition plan for closure of the industry.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said all taxes received by the government from greyhound wagering between now and 1 July 2017 will be used to fund the industry’s transition.

“We’re absolutely committed to shutting the industry down in an orderly and humane way, to protect animal welfare, and providing support for all greyhound owners who have done the right thing,” Mr Baird said.

After 1 July 2017 the proceeds from betting through the NSW TAB on interstate greyhound races will continue to contribute to feeding and caring for ex-racing dogs across the state.

Racing in NSW will continue until 1 July 2017 as the industry is closed down. During this period the government will consult with industry to ensure the best outcomes possible for greyhounds and for those affected by the closure.

For further information on the closure of the greyhound industry participants are encouraged to the Justice NSW website or call 1800 812 115.

Published 14th July, 2016 in Sport & Recreation