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31 May 2018: Roadshow update
Between 9 April and 3 May 2018 the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission travelled to greyhound racing clubs across NSW. The roadshow was attended by more than 300 industry participants and included meetings in Newcastle, Wauchope, Tamworth, Lismore, Richmond, Dapto, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, and Dubbo.
Chief Commissioner Alan Brown, CEO Judy Lind, and Commissioners Clare Petre and John Keniry outlined the role of the Commission, answered questions and listened to concerns raised by those who attended.
Key concerns raised during the roadshow
- Uncertainty about the future of the industry
- Concern registration fees will increase significantly after 1 July 2018
- The cost of a potential bond and its effect on breeders and owners
- Requests made to update the Race Day Hydration and Water Policy, to align the policy to other states
- Concerns that this industry is, or will be over regulated
- Drug testing threshold levels and testing methods
- Lack of consultation with industry participants
- Low prize money levels in NSW
- Operation of the grading system, with concerns greyhounds are being upgraded too quickly
- Ability of participants to easily meet new enhanced registration requirements
- Administrative processes
- High turnover of vets, and a perception that vets and stewards lack greyhound specific experience
- Restrictions on certain animals being housed with or near greyhounds
The invaluable feedback received during the roadshow is being considered by the Commission as we establish ourselves and develop key processes in preparation for 1 July 2018. The Commission is also using the feedback received when reviewing current policies and will advise industry participants over the coming weeks if there are any policy changes that will take effect on 1 July 2018.
These roadshows mark the beginning of regular and ongoing dialogue between the Commission, industry participants and other stakeholders. The Commission is keen to implement communication processes that work for the industry, to ensure information and updates can be provided in a timely manner. To support this approach, soon we'll be asking industry participants to advise how they wish to receive information from the Commission. Initially, information will be provided to industry participants via the GWIC website and Facebook page, and through the greyhound racing clubs and publications.
From 1 July 2018, our Customer Service Hotline will be available to answer industry participant questions and provide information as required.