GREY­HOUND IN­DUS­TRY RE­FORM RE­PORT RE­LEASED

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - News -

Mem­ber for Hawkes­bury Do­minic Per­rot­tet has wel­comed a new re­port that will guide the NSW Govern­ment’s grey­hound rac­ing re­forms.

Mr Per­rot­tet said the Grey­hound In­dus­try Re­form Panel re­port will pave the way for a new reg­u­la­tory regime to en­sure the in­dus­try meets com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions.

“The panel, which was headed by for­mer Premier Mor­ris Iemma, has pro­vided 122 rec­om­men­da­tions to re­store pub­lic trust in the in­dus­try,” Mr Per­rot­tet said.

“The panel’s re­port is based on in­put from a wide range of stake­hold­ers as well as the find­ings of the Spe­cial Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into the in­dus­try.”

The panel has rec­om­mended a new best prac­tice gov­er­nance struc­ture that sep­a­rates com­mer­cial and reg­u­la­tory func­tions by es­tab­lish­ing a Grey­hound Wel­fare and In­tegrity Com­mis­sion with broad in­ves­tiga­tive pow­ers.

It also sup­ports an en­force­able code of prac­tice for grey­hound wel­fare, whole-of-life reg­is­tra­tion and track­ing of dogs so their where­abouts are known, li­cens­ing and ac­cred­i­ta­tion re­quire­ments for all in­dus­try par­tic­i­pants, and re­stric­tions on the keep­ing of small an­i­mals on prop­er­ties where grey­hounds are kept.

Mr Per­rot­tet said peo­ple in Hawkes­bury now have a chance to con­sider the re­port’s find­ings be­fore the Govern­ment pre­pares a pack­age of leg­is­la­tion to im­ple­ment the new regime and re­peal the Grey­hound Rac­ing Pro­hi­bi­tion Act.

“I am well aware of how im­por­tant grey­hound rac­ing is to our com­mu­nity so I urge ev­ery­one in­volved in the in­dus­try to sup­port these re­forms and com­mit to real and last­ing change.”

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