Why Lismore MP Thomas George backs greyhound ban
LISMORE MP Thomas George has said he supports the NSW Government's decision to ban the greyhound industry despite his neighbour and fellow Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis crossing the floor over the issue.
Mr George said he decided some time ago he would not defy the government and had informed the local industry of his decision.
"I said I would clearly not be crossing the floor on the issue," Mr George said.
"Crossing the floor was not going to achieve the outcome that they wanted anyway.
"The indications to me clearly stated it wasn't going to be overturned. The numbers were not going to cross the floor."
Mr George said while he was presented with 105 letters from the local greyhound industry and related businesses affected by the ban, 102 of them were from Mr Gulaptis' electorate.
"Chris has represented those people and represented them in the best way he thought for him, and I will continue to represent the people in the Lismore electorate the best way I believe I can represent them," he said.
Instead of trying to fight the ban, he said was making representations to ensure the local industry received a fair share of the Baird Government's $30 million compensation package.
He noted Dr John Keniry, who is the coordinator general of the Greyhounds Transition Taskforce, was scheduled to come to Lismore on September 15 to hear submissions on how local people would be affected by the ban.
At this stage the NSW Government has allocated $30 million for the industry assistance package, although Mr George said there could be more money made available contingent on Dr Keniry's final recommendations.
The government wasn't taking a "one size fits all" on industry assistance because different people were affected in different ways.
"He's going to travel across the state to hear what everyone's needs are to address support, financial assistance, or other assistance.
"He will come up with a report for how that's best handled."
The industry will shut down on June 30, 2017.