Greyhound training to continue to 2022

The training of greyhounds would continue for five years after racing was banned in NSW, under draft recommendations being considered by an expert taskforce. Photo: Graham Tidy

The training of greyhounds would continue for five years after racing was banned in NSW, under draft recommendations being considered by an expert taskforce. Photo: Graham Tidy

Greyhound training would continue for five years after racing was banned in NSW, under draft recommendations being considered by an expert taskforce.

The Greyhound Transition Taskforce's co-ordinator-general John Keniry has been travelling regional NSW to gather information before deciding on a crucial industry transition package.

His report to the Baird government is due by the end of the month.

Fairfax Media has learnt that two key dates have emerged in draft recommendations: 2022 for an end to greyhound training in NSW; and 2019 for an end to greyhound breeding.

It is understood that KPMG modelling on the economic impact of the transition will be released to the taskforce next week, and the dates won't be finalised until this modelling is examined.

Both the economic impact on greyhound trainers, and the need to have an orderly flow of greyhounds to animal welfare agencies, so they aren't overwhelmed when racing is banned in 2017, are being considered.

Dr Keniry has told regional community meetings that training will likely be allowed after the NSW racing ban, for legally bred dogs to compete in interstate greyhound races.

The Baird government will decide on a transition package by November, after cabinet considers Dr Keniry's report.

Dr Keniry said in a statement to Fairfax Media: "The recommendations report is a draft only, nothing has been finalised and it has not been submitted to government. I am still conducting consultations with the industry and with members of the taskforce."

Dr Keniry was quoted in the Northern Star newspaper a week ago as saying the end of the training in NSW "could be between three to five years' time".

Legislation banning greyhound racing in NSW after July 2017 has passed the NSW Parliament.

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