Greyhound racing will return to Gunnedah this Sunday following a $678,000 upgrade of the local racetrack funded by the Nationals in Government.

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the upgrade helped secure the future of greyhound racing in the State’s north-west.

“Its great news for Gunnedah that racing will resume at the track and usher in an exciting 2019 for the sport,” Mr Anderson said. “This project has ensured that greyhound racing can grow in the Gunnedah region while at the same time improving the welfare of dogs and the sustainability of the local industry.”

“Local owners and trainers have had to travel long distances to take part in the sport they love, this will help to bring people back to the district.”

“The project has included full remediation of the track’s surface to ensure it meets high safety standards for racing dogs,” Mr Anderson said. “It’s great to see another project completed under the Nationals in Government’s $30 million, five-year program to upgrade greyhound racetracks across the State to make them safer for racing dogs.”

NSW Nationals Racing Minister Paul Toole said the Government’s Greyhound Racing Capital Grants Program funds projects to improve animal welfare at venues across the State.

“The program is a key part of the NSW Government’s reforms to ensure an ethical and sustainable greyhound racing industry based on the highest standards of animal welfare,” Mr Toole said.

Additional projects from the $30 million package will be announced in the coming months.