In a hauntingly familiar scenario to that which saw the demise of straight track greyhound racing at Wyong, New South Wales’ last straight track seems destined to suffer a similar fate.
Following receipt of an independent occupational health and safety report, Directors of the NSW GBOTA have determined that race meetings scheduled for Appin on December 4, 11 and 18, 2010 will be transferred to Bulli.
And trial activity at the Appin venue will be suspended until further notice.
NSW GBOTA Executive Officer, Brenton Scott, said that occupational health and safety concerns were held with regard to Appin’s driving tower, electrical compliance and the lure return mechanism.
“At this stage, we have clarified and have a clear understanding of the work and the cost of such work with regard to the driving tower and electrical compliance,” said Scott.
“A mechanical engineer is currently evaluating the risks associated with the lure return and we will assess mitigation strategies when that report is to hand.”
Scott confirmed that his Association would continue to work with GRNSW to ensure that Appin was able to return to normal activity as soon as possible.
It was OH&S issues, notably with the driver tower, that allowed the NCA to close greyhound racing at Wyong and move the dates to their then new track at The Gardens.