Greyhounds racing at Taree Greyhound Racing Track can now cool off in air-conditioned and insulated kennels thanks to a $50,000 grant from the NSW Government.

Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, said the newly upgraded kennels would improve comfort for racing dogs, particularly during the warmer summer months.

“I’m delighted the NSW Government has funded this upgrade as part of our commitment to high standards of animal welfare in the greyhound racing industry,” Mr Bromhead said.

“The air conditioned kennels will protect the industry’s beloved racing dogs from the elements and boost reliability for greyhound racing in the Taree area.”

“There are currently around 53 race meeting on the Mid-North Coast each year at the Taree, Wauchope and Kempsey tracks, and these works will help reduce the risk of meetings being abandoned due to hot conditions. Several race meetings were abandoned during the summer because of the heat and stress on dogs. This will ensure dogs welfare paramount and the races can continue.”

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Hon Kevin Anderson MP, said the funding is part of the NSW Government’s $30 million, five-year program to upgrade greyhound racetracks across the State to make them safer for racing dogs.

“The program is a key part of the NSW Government’s reforms to ensure an ethical and sustainable greyhound racing industry based on the highest standards of animal welfare.”

Greyhound Racing NSW Chief Executive Tony Mestrov thanked the NSW Government for its continued investment into upgrading regional greyhound racetracks.

“Following the summer where NSW endured extreme heat at times, we also felt it necessary to request funds for the upgrade and installation of air conditioning systems in the kennelling blocks at Taree, Wauchope and Kempsey, ensuring that welfare and comfort of the greyhounds is catered for,” Mr Mestrov said. Further funding from the $30 million package will be announced during the year.