Greyhound racing at Temora track has undergone safety improvements thanks to almost $40,000 in funding from the NSW Nationals in the state government.
Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and Minister for Racing Kevin Anderson visited the track to meet local club members and inspect the upgrades.
“We love our greyhound racing here in Temora and the NSW Government is committed to seeing the code continue to grow in our region,” Ms Cooke said.
“This funding for a refurbished 457m start has meant the track can host safer races and the new veterinary room will mean the dogs are able to receive immediate treatment as well as other veterinary services.
“Greyhound racing is a significant employer here in the Cootamundra electorate and the money that it brings to town provides a boost to our local economy. This funding will mean more people in town, meaning more money coming in for local businesses.”
Kevin Anderson said the grants were made as part of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s commitment to assist greyhound racing clubs across the state to meet minimum track standards.
“This funding was awarded to Temora Greyhound Track as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to improving animal welfare,” Mr Anderson said.
“These funds are not just about upgrading tracks, they are about adding value to each community and enhancing recreation in the area.
“We know the greyhound racing community is committed to animal welfare and it is crucial the tracks and facilities meet the minimum safety standards, and that is exactly what this funding is designed to do.”
Greyhound Racing NSW Chief Executive Officer Tony Mestrov welcomed the track upgrades and acknowledged the important role of regional racing to the industry.
“Regional NSW is really important to Greyhound Racing NSW, as three quarters of our total number of participants are regionally based,” Mr Mestrov said.
“It is incredibly pleasing that our sport is growing at a rapid rate in Regional NSW and to be able to have the support of the Government in these thriving regions is always very welcome.”