GREYHOUND training could potentially continue in New South Wales until 2022, five years after racing is banned within the state, under the draft recommendations currently being considered by the NSW Greyhounds Transition Taskforce.
The Taskforce is being led by Dr John Keniry, the co-ordinator general, who has recently been travelling across regional parts of NSW to gather information before making his final decision on an industry transition package which will explain the process of closing the greyhound racing industry step-by-step.
Keniry is expected to hand down his final report to NSW Premier Mike Baird by the end of September.
Two vital dates have already come to the surface amongst the draft recommendations, with 2022 mapped as the end date for greyhound training within NSW and 2019 for the end to greyhound breeding.
However, dates won’t be finalised until KPMG modelling outlining the economic impact of the transition is released to the taskforce next week.
Amongst this modelling is consideration in regards to the economic impact on greyhound trainers and the need to control an orderly flow of greyhounds to the various animal welfare groups so that they are not inundated with dogs when the sport is banned from July 1, 2017.
Dr Keniry, who has said at regional community meetings that the training of greyhounds to compete in interstate events could continue for three to five years, also told Fairfax Media “The recommendations report is a draft only, nothing has been finalised and it has not been submitted to government. I am still conducting consultations with the industry and with members of the taskforce.”
The Baird government will decide on a finalised transition package after cabinet considers Dr Keniry’s report, with this package expected to be announced by November.