On Tuesday evening Goulburn Mulwaree Council resolved to make a submission the Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Track Strategy, encouraging consideration of Goulburn as a location for a proposed “Centre of Excellence”.
A Greyhound Racing NSW “Centre of Excellence” would involve best-practise track design and maintenance, as well as kennel, education and training facilities. The suggested Centre of Excellence would also include non-racing elements such as; facilities to host educational programs for owners, trainers and other participants; an on-site veterinary clinic, hospital, hydrotherapy pool and supplies store; as additional facilities to support the Greyhounds As Pets program.
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said that she was disappointed that Southern NSW had not already been identified for a Centre of Excellence in Greyhound NSW draft strategy and the subsequent proposed capital works program.
“I support the Council in their submission and have also made representations to the Minister and the Deputy Premier highlighting the importance of Southern NSW to be considered. Goulburn should be home to a Southern NSW Centre of Excellence, inclusive of a straight track.
“The city of Goulburn is an easily accessible location for both regional and metropolitan markets. The Goulburn Greyhound Racing Club are dedicated to providing the best facilities possible and already regularly host many events – Goulburn as home to a Centre of Excellence is a fantastic option for all parties.
“A Centre of Excellence should be considered on a greenfield site, and I will be fighting hard to get this investment in Goulburn. Greyhound racing is already an important part of Goulburn’s economy and if the Centre of Excellence is be built here the entire region would benefit.
“A Centre of Excellence will go a long way towards supporting the sports owners and trainers, as well as the health and welfare of the animals. The facility would enhance the city’s tourism offering and drive economic growth in the region,” Mrs Tuckerman said.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Bob Kirk said Council has worked closely with the Goulburn Greyhound Club to ensure that local facilities are first class.
“The Greyhound Club’s facilities are strongly supported by the community and there is no doubt that Goulburn is considered by most to be the best location for a Centre of Excellence,” Clr Kirk said.
Goulburn Greyhound Club President Patrick Day said the club conducted over 94 race meetings last year, including hosting the Canberra@Goulburn Race meetings.
We employ 16 locals on a regular basis across operational, officiating and hospitality capacities – the expansion of Goulburn’s facilities would allow for a more holistic approach to greyhound racing and care with better welfare and integrity outcomes,” Mr Day said Submissions are able to be made to prior to the 31st of August, details on how to make a submission will be provided by the Goulburn electorate office via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 4822 6444