A $20m war chest can be delivered to the NSW greyhound racing industry, provided a wagering tax cut is rubber stamped by the Baird government.
This was just one of a raft of improvements recommended from a 12 month Parliamentary Inquiry into the ailing sport’s fortunes.
The government-appointed Select Committee found clear evidence that greater communication should exist between stake holders and the governing body, GRNSW. To this end, GRNSW has been asked to report back to the Government in six months with an expectation of a greater consultative process.
Similarly, the government remains uneasy about GRNSW’s accountability in the marketplace and seeks a working party’s input to establish the merit of the current administration.
However, separating the froth and bubble from the 18 recommendations, which were tabled to the government, indeed, is proving harder than extracting a wisdom tooth.
Rather than rubber stamp the Select Committee’s extensive wish list, the Government has provided “in principle support” for many of the critical reforms.
Greyhound Inquiry Chairman Robert Borsak was not phased by the government’s reponse.
“They did the best they could, under the circumstances,” Borsak said.
“It was always going to be a tall order but their support to our recommendations are critical to the overall process.”
While industry-wide consultation was a big ticket item to emerge from the Inquiry, the establishment of an Integrity Commissioner also went hand in hand with the Select Committee’s recommendations.