Greens MP and member for Balmain, Jamie Parker is unhappy with Premier Mike Baird’s backflip on the greyhound racing ban. The residents of Pyrmont and Ultimo were looking forward to having Wentworth Park made available for recreation and sports fields after the ban was originally announced.
“There is a huge unmet demand for sporting facilities and we have seen that the gambling industry seems to have prevailed,” Mr Parker said, adding:
“If [Wentworth Park track] was made available, there would be huge opportunities for sporting fields and recreational facilities that are in huge demand for things like soccer, but also netball and other sports that have very little infrastructure to allow people to participate.”
Instead the Greyhound Breeders, Owners, and Trainers Association (GBOTA) will continue to race their dogs at Wentworth Park. Chief Executive, Brenton Scott, cites historical relevance and commercial contribution as validation for their remaining:
“Greyhound racing has been part of the social fabric of the Inner-West since the 1930s”.
“We believe that we have contributed to the community […] Greyhound racing has been conducted in a way that has not caused disruption to the community, and our presence at the venue has underpinned its commerciality,” he said.
GBOTA has a licence to remain at Wentworth Park until at least 2027.

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