They say every dog has his day, and today it’s a greyhound, with Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis announcing a major redevelopment of the Grafton Greyhound track thanks to a $4.6 million investment from the Nationals in the NSW Government.
Mr Gulaptis said the project will include a newly built track with a safer shape and size, installation of safety railing, upgraded LED lighting and new irrigation system and kennels complex.
“Greyhound racing was on its knees a few years ago and we gave a commitment to industry that we would help make tracks safer for racing dogs and secure the sport’s future,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“Today we are honouring that commitment to greyhound racing participants and this investment in the Grafton facility will ensure the sustainability of the industry in the Clarence Valley and wider region well into the future.”
Mr Gulaptis said the Grafton track was originally built in the 1940s, which is why the NSW Government was investing in a modernised track to help greyhound racing continue to thrive across the region and contribute to our local economy.
“Our local track has always had strong patronage from the local community and with weekly race meets, is a significant TAB track in the Northern Rivers, which is why this multi-million dollar investment is so important,” he said.
“This is a stamp of confidence in the greyhound racing industry in the Clarence Valley and I think that’s something that is absolutely vital and necessary and something that that I stood up for when I crossed the floor of the Parliament against plans to shut down the industry across NSW,” Mr Gulaptis said.
The project is part of the NSW Nationals and Liberals Government’s $30 million, five-year Greyhound Racing Capital Grants Program to improve safety and boost animal welfare standards at racetracks across the state.
Greyhound Racing NSW Chief Executive Tony Mestrov thanked the Government for its continued support of greyhound racing in NSW.
A stamp of confidence in greyhound racing in the Clarence Valley.
“The new project will ensure that greyhound racing can grow in the region while at the same time ensuring the welfare of our greyhounds and the sustainability of the sport,” Mr Mestrov said.
The Grafton Greyhound Racing Club project is expected to begin in November and take around five months to complete.