The NSW Greyhound Breeders Owners and Trainers Association today confirmed its intention to contribute vigorously to the Parliamentary Inquiry into greyhound racing, announced earlier this week.

 The inquiry will be considered by a select committee of the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament.

Terms of Reference for the inquiry were proposed by the NSW Leader of the Greens, Dr John Kaye. These terms cover economic viability, regulatory, integrity and animal welfare management within the NSW greyhound industry.

NSW GBOTA Chairman, Geoff Rose, described the Terms of Reference as sweeping but confirmed his Association would be placing greatest emphasis on the unfairness of current Intercode distribution of TAB earnings.

“John Key’s original Terms of Reference were discussed at the Association’s Bi Annual meeting in May and it was resolved that the Association devote all required resources to the preparation of a submission,” said Mr Rose.

“Members and participants recognise the impact that the current fixed percentage distribution model is having on our industry.

“Prize money growth, capital development and other industry requirements cannot progress in line with participant and customer expectations without a TAB distribution scheme that rewards the codes showing the most innovation and those providing product most in line with the demands of wagering customers.”

The NSW GBOTA will consider regulatory and animal welfare issues in its submission but any contribution must also take in account the substantial reforms that have been implemented in many areas during the past decade, particularly with regard to animal welfare.

 “Ultimately, however, our primary focus must be on the financial issues,” explained Mr Rose.

“There have been a number of occasions during the past 15 years where reform to the Intercode Deed could have been implemented had the cooperation of the other codes been forthcoming.

“And we have had the Cameron Report which made specific recommendations to address the unfairness associated with the Intercode Deed... it too was ignored in the corridors of power.

“Given this, the Parliamentary Inquiry must be seen as a further opportunity to highlight the financial hardship being endured by our industry; hardship that will continue without Government intervention.”

Date: August 29, 2013

For further information please phone Brenton Scott, Executive Officer, NSW GBOTA  Ph: (02) 8587 1206