The NSW Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association has today called on immediate action by Greyhound Racing NSW and NSW Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission, to address shortage of nominations for race meetings.
The call follows today’s advice by GRNSW that the Lismore meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 12 has been abandoned after insufficient nominations were received.
While a range of factors have contributed to the current position, the NSW GBOTA believes prizemoney returns are central to the shortage.
The NSW GBOTA wrote to GRNSW in November 2018, following the announcement of Racing Queensland to commit Point of Consumption Tax funds to prizemoney increases. At the time the Association requested a similar commitment for NSW participants from GRNSW.
Further calls have been made for immediate action, after concerns were raised by Clubs in the Northern Rivers, that participants in the region are undertaking racing opportunities in Queensland’s South East as a first preference.
The NSW GBOTA estimates 100 greyhounds are racing in Queensland rather than NSW each week, resulting in less than ten races, short fields and for the first time today, no meeting being able to be drawn. NSW GBOTA Chairman, Joe Cotroneo said action must occur now.
“NSW TAB B Maiden events currently receive $830 per win, against Albion Park Sunday meetings offering $1400 and Capalaba events at $1050,” Mr Cotroneo said.
“Similar margins apply to graded events also.
“Further south, participants in the metropolitan region continue to evaluate options interstate, with a prime focus on relocation to Victoria. Maiden events at regional Victorian meetings, equivalent to NSW TAB B meetings currently receive $1325,” Mr Cotroneo said.
The NSW GBOTA last week presented a paper to GRNSW which highlighted the decreasing returns to participants and impact of lack of growth. Point of Consumption Tax which flowed from January 1, 2019 was not budgeted for and therefore remains a revenue stream capable of addressing this critical issue which impacts the industry’s commercial returns, participant returns and Club revenue.
Beyond the immediate time frame, the NSW GBOTA believes critical work is required between GRNSW and GWIC to evaluate current breeding levels, and make immediate changes to deliver consumer confidence.
The NSW GBOTA believe this includes:
- Public Announcement announcing that a bond will not be implemented, and any future consideration would apply to future whelpings only after an advertised date.
- Implementation of a Breeding Incentive Scheme to reward breeders which meet key breeding benchmarking.
- Improved rehoming services, in particular in regional areas.
Ahead of the March 23, NSW State Election, the NSW GBOTA has lobbied all parties to drive for the industry’s fair share of funding.
“The NSW Greyhound Industry continues to get delivered the poorest outcome, we can’t continue like this, it is time we demand better,” Mr Cotroneo said.