NSW greyhound racing ban a win for Queensland?
IPSWICH Greyhound Racing Club could be one of the big winners after the New South Wales Government announced it would ban the sport across the state within a year.
NSW Premier Mike Baird said his state's Special Commission of Inquiry found overwhelming evidence of systemic animal cruelty which included evidence of mass killings and live baiting.
He said legislation would be presented to the NSW Parliament to effectively shut down the industry as of July 1, 2017.
Queensland Racing Minister Grace Grace said the government had no plans to follow suit and ban the sport in this state.
She said the government had already implemented the recommendations contained in the Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry Commission of Inquiry.
"Queensland was the first State to act in response to greyhound live baiting cases last year," she said.
"We acted immediately to stop the sickening abuse that was exposed, and put the greyhound industry on notice that it had to clean up its act.
"Clearly, the greyhound industry is aware that it is on its last chance.
"That is why we have established a new Queensland Racing Integrity Commission to oversee animal welfare across all three codes of racing.
"This is the best-resourced racing integrity body in the country and it will not hesitate to punish anyone involved in animal cruelty."
The NSW stance comes on the back of the announcement this week that funds could be made available for the the Ipswich Turf Club to be transformed into a multi-racing precinct.
The turf club is seeking $14 million to upgrade facilities and relocate the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club to its Bundamba base.
Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club manager Merv Page said the NSW announcement could result in a significant boost to the local industry.
He said the club would speak to affected NSW trainers to see if they were interested in relocating their kennels to the city.
"The offer would be certainly there from us for any trainers to come to the city," he said.
"If they cannot race in NSW I would expect their would be a massive influx to both Queensland and Victoria.
"But no doubt some of the NSW trainers will give it away."
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he was surprised at the NSW government's announcement and he would take time to read the full report.
He said the NSW stance could provide Ipswich with an opportunity to make it the state's premier duel racing hub.
Should the Queensland government follow the lead of NSW's Premier Mike Baird and ban greyhound racing?
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