GUNNEDAH Greyhound Racing Club is forging ahead in its fight against a blanket ban of the sport by staging an 11th-hour community meeting on Saturday.
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It follows NSW Premier Mike Baird announcing last week the sport will be banned as of July next year, followinga damningSpecial Commission of Inquiry that found overwhelming evidence of widespread animal cruelty.

Club president and Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association (GBOTA) chair Geoff Rose has vowed to fight tooth and nail the ban that will have far-reaching implications on the local industry.

GBOTA is imploring the local community to converge on the Gunnendah track this Saturday in a last-ditch bid to show decision-makers the value of the sport to the region.

“I think the City of Tamworth and Gunnedah will lose about $5million in revenue, so come down and make your voice heard,” the club posted on its Facebook page.

Gunnedah Greyhound Racing Club NVI earlier this week that GBOTA had engaged a high-profile barrister and a steering committee had been formed to lead the fightback.

It follows non-TAB races suspended as of Tuesday until further notice,pending a review by GRNSW of track safety, integrity and animal welfare coverage in the sector.

The ban will not only affect owners, trainers and breeders, but will also have serious implications onanimals’ welfare.

Gunnedah RSPCA branch president Cheryl Sharmanfears the owners could take the fate of the dogs into their own hands.

The community meeting kicks off at the track at 10am Saturday.

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