THE greyhound racing industry has been left devastated as the shock announcement came today (Thursday) that the NSW State Government will be banning the sport as of July 2017.
Now, one participant is asking others to band together to fight the decision announced by NSW Premier Mike Baird, with all those with an interest or investment in the sport invited to attend a meeting at Warners Bay Sports Club on Sunday July 10, 2016, at 1pm.
Ryan Freedman, the manager at Warners Bay Sports Club, is also a greyhound trainer and is aiming about getting all participants on the same page as to what the future involves.
“The point of the meeting is to get all participants involved in greyhound racing in the Hunter and Central Coast district on the same page,” Freedman said.
“We need to get a petition to say we oppose the ban and we need to make sure everyone is on the same page moving forward which is something which hasn’t happened previously.
“We need everyone on the one side doing the right thing and we want to ensure there is no minority who will run off and do something stupid and makes everyone else look bad.”
Freedman believes the main option for participants is to acquire the assistance of a QC to battle the ruling.
“Our only way out of this could be to challenge the State Government’s decision in the Supreme Court, but to do that we would need legal representation from a QC,” he said.
“If that’s the case and we go down that road we would need assistance from the GBOTA in funding that as well as all other participants.
“We can’t change the decision, but we can try to establish doubt in the mind of the decision and get them to reserve it that way.”
It is hoped that there will be enough support at the meeting to campaign the same petition across the state, with further consultation then needed to branch out to all participants.
Australian Racing Greyhound has also set up an online petition those wishing to throw their support behind overturning the ban.