Good for the dogs and for local jobs

The proposed facility at Bylong Park is to be one of the greyhound racing industry's most significant welfare initiatives. Photo: Supplied
The proposed facility at Bylong Park is to be one of the greyhound racing industry's most significant welfare initiatives. Photo: Supplied

While Greyhound Racing NSW's new farm-stay complex in the Upper Hunter will above all benefit greyhounds, local businesses and the region's economy are set to be stimulated during construction, and also when the facility is up and running.

The proposed site at Bylong Park, 20km south of Denman, will be the first facility of its kind anywhere in the world as a purpose-designed centre to transition retired greyhounds into new lives as pets.

The facility will also provide lifelong homes for those who are unable to be transitioned.

GRNSW recently held an information session in Denman attended by local community leaders, neighbouring residents, the state member for the Upper Hunter, David Layzell, Muswellbrook Shire mayor Steve Reynolds and a number of councillors, to answer any questions about the project.

"Bylong Park is set to be one of the industry's most significant welfare initiatives and the first facility of its kind in the world," GRNSW CEO Tony Mestrov said.

"We have invested a great deal of time and worked with experts in animal welfare and environmental development in identifying Bylong Park as the ideal property for this facility.

"But also importantly, Bylong Park will contribute economic benefits to the Upper Hunter, firstly in the construction phase by using local contractors for construction and landscaping, local suppliers to provide pet food and other needs, and then with the creation of around 20 new full-time local jobs when the facility is operating.

"We are committed to consulting with the local community about this exciting new development and will also be holding information sessions in Denman in coming weeks," he said.

Mr Layzell was also positive about the project.

"This is a wonderful initiative from Greyhound Racing NSW and Greyhounds As Pets, continuing to show their focus and the importance of the welfare of their animals beyond the racetrack," he said.

This article was produced as part of an ACM partnership with Greyhound Racing NSW.

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