Goulburn pledges support to Canberra greyhound industry in "time of need"

GREYHOUND UNION: Shifts from Canberra to Goulburn is expected to commence on May 6 according to a spokesperson. Photo: Dion Georgopoulo.
GREYHOUND UNION: Shifts from Canberra to Goulburn is expected to commence on May 6 according to a spokesperson. Photo: Dion Georgopoulo.

A spokesperson for the ACT greyhound industry has maintained Goulburn will face “no negative impact” as the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club sets its eyes to begin racing on May 6. 

Advocate Kel Watt said it “made sense” the Canberra club would turn to Goulburn in their “time of need”, as the group fights to overturn a racing ban scheduled to come into force on April 30. 

“The Canberra and Goulburn club work closely together,” Mr Watt said, with the same racing staff working in Goulburn on Tuesday and Canberra on Sunday. 

“There’s a real synergy, closeness and a professional relationship. Decades of interactions have laid the foundation for it.” 

Mr Watt said the club intends to maintain 12 races per week, a number the club has averaged across the 2017 financial year.

The club will return to court at the end of May with the intention of fighting the constitutional legalities to racing and trialing in the ACT.

The proceedings are expected to be “serious and lengthy”, ranging from six months to two years. 

The club plans to restructure and amend its Canberra duties, but Mr Watt told The Post it will “make sure” no jobs are lost.

“[The club is] very keen to continue racing in Canberra and for it to stay in the ACT and the whole south east region. That’s why we are going to court over this,” he said.

“We have support of the national industry and Greyhound Racing NSW, allowing us to have a temporary license to race out of Goulburn and look after regulatory matters.

“Every state and club in Australia is supporting our fight because they understand firstly it’s an unjust law.”

He listed greater economic activity, jobs, sales and welcomed the recent upgrade of the Goulburn Showgrounds. 

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