Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke pats a greyhound that is ready to race in black and white striped jacket and red number 2 on side with greyhound officials looking on
Steph Cooke with Greyhound officials before social distancing practices in place

Greyhound owners across the state will have their registration fees waived for another 12 months, following a decision by the NSW Government.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP said the fee waivers will help Greyhound owners who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Due to necessary measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, racing has been a spectator-less sport, meaning revenue for the industry has been significantly reduced,” Ms Cooke said.

“This has had knock-on effects to prizemoney for Greyhound owners, whose outgoings have remained the same.”

The measures will deliver close to $340,000 worth of fee waivers for greyhound owners in NSW.

Ms Cooke went on to say that the measures will help greyhound owners in the Cootamundra Electorate during one of the hardest economic challenges of our lifetime.

“Every dollar counts in these difficult times and this measure will be a big relief for every Greyhound owner across the State.”

The fee waivers will apply for 12 month registrations falling due on 1 July 2020.

The Government has announced a series of fee waivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including $19.5 million in state-based fee relief for industries and licence fee waivers for trades and construction workers.

To date, the NSW Government has provided more than $8 billion in response to COVID-19 to support our communities, health care system and to keep people in jobs. For more information visit www.nsw.gov.au.