Pledging a $1 million boost to prizemoney, a $2 million upgrade training facilities across Victoria, as well as an additional $1 million for track upgrades to improve safety at Cranbourne and Traralgon, the Andrews Government is committed to ensuring greyhound racing continues to thrive in the state.
Contributing over $500 million to the Victorian economy as well as providing over 4300 jobs, many of which are in rural areas, racing is part of the fabric of the state.
The uptick in funds will also improve animal welfare issues which have dogged the sport in recent years.
Labor is set to make it mandatory that at least one member of the Greyhound Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board will have animal welfare experience as well as establishing of a new Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds.
Greyhound Racing Victoria Chair Bernie Carolan stated that a dedication to improving animal welfare within the state is a priority.
“This additional prizemoney will allow us to invest more funding across Victoria to deliver strong animal welfare outcomes, more infrastructure improvements and greater support for participants in the suburbs and in regional communities.”
Animal welfare has been a hot topic for both the government and the industry, but keeping Victorians employed is another target the Andrews Government believes will facilitated through this investment.
Racing Minister Martin Pakula stated the injection of funds into the industry will pay dividends across the state, especially in rural areas.
“A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will ensure Victoria remains the premier greyhound racing state by upgrading training facilities and boosting prizemoney to ensure jobs and investment remain in Victoria and continue to grow.”
“This investment will help support Victorians working in greyhound racing in suburbs, regional cities and country towns right across the state.”