Big plans are in store for the former Keinbah Trial Track that will make it one of the country’s showpieces for the greyhound racing industry.
Newcastle-based businessman Wayne Brown, a former Greyhound Racing NSW board member and friends Tim Griffith and Tony Hunt have set up a company and expect to have the disused complex up and running by about mid-December.
The complex had been fully operational until about six months ago and Brown was the successful bidder when the property sold at auction in September for a six-figure amount.
Mr. Brown said their plans are to make the complex something special for not only the dogs that visit there, but also for the greyhound community.
The complex will be involved in trialling, spelling and rearing in what could be described as five-star luxury for the greyhounds.
A swimming pool and sauna are possibilities down the track as well as 24-hour care and attention will be offered under the care of Greta trainer Tom Pullman and his wife Helen who will be the managers.
Mr. Brown said the 360 metres straight track should complement the other two well-run tracks in the area through a proximity of trainers seeking out their services. It’s something similar to when fast food outlets set up next to each other; all seem to trade off each other successfully.
Mr. Brown said they will be giving trainers an alternative to trialling their dogs on race tracks and will be offering very competitive rates in an effort to help keep the sport in a healthy state.
With a focus on country people, another innovation is that the complex will offer a two-bedroom unit on site for the trainers and their families.
Mr. Brown said they want to make the complex welcoming and have no doubt this will happen with Tom and Helen Pullman really hospitable people who are widely travelled and know the industry inside out.
Mr. Brown said he coached Tim and Tony in Rugby Union in Tamworth and it seemed logical that the teamwork stay together by joining in this new venture together. Plans are to hold an open day when the complex is fully operational.
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