Greyhound owners across regional NSW will have their registration fees waived for another 12 months.

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth and Minister Responsible for Racing Kevin Anderson said the fee waivers will help greyhound owners who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is great news for our local owners and trainers as we’re seeing an easing in restrictions, which in time will allow more people to return to tracks,” Mr Anderson said.

“Due to necessary measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, racing revenue for the industry has been significantly reduced, as races have been conducted without spectators, and under strict bio security measures.

“This pandemic has had knock-on effects to prizemoney for greyhound owners, whose outgoings have remained the same.

“Every dollar counts in these difficult times and this measure will be a big relief for every greyhound owner in the regions.”

The fee waivers will apply for 12 month registrations falling due on July 1, 2020.

The NSW Nationals in Government have announced a series of fee waivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including $19.5 million in state-based fee relief for industries and licence fee waivers for trades and construction workers.

To date, the State Government has provided more than $8 billion in response to COVID-19 to support our communities, health care system and to keep people in jobs.

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