Wollondilly MP welcomes greyhound tracking system

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Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith has welcomed the NSW Government's announcement of electronic tracking in the Greyhound Racing Industry.

The NSW Government has invested $3.6 million to implement whole-of-life electronic tracking in the state's greyhound racing industry.

Mr Smith said this was 'a game-changer' for greyhound welfare.

"NSW already has the highest standards of greyhound welfare in Australia and the lowest catastrophic greyhound racing injury rates on record, but that doesn't mean we can rest on our laurels," he said.

"This investment in e-Tracking will make a huge difference in protecting the welfare of racing greyhounds and put an end to speculation that animals have disappeared.

"Our communities expect that the Greyhound Welfare Integrity Commission can account for all registered greyhounds in NSW at all times.

"This new technology will guarantee the tracking and monitoring of every single registered greyhound across its life.

"We have already introduced some of the highest welfare standards in the country and combined with e-Tracking, we are creating a safer and stronger greyhound racing industry in Wollondilly."

Mr Smith said the investment would also make it much easier for participants and officials to engage with the regulatory body.

"This investment is about more than just improving welfare outcomes," he said.

"Over time stewards will also be able to use the system to register dogs electronically on race days with just a few clicks, cutting red tape for trainers and owners and doing away with outdated paper systems."

Implementing a register that captures the whole-of-life location of greyhounds was one of the key recommendations accepted by the NSW Government when the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel handed down its report into the greyhound racing industry in 2017.

The project will also explore connecting the new system to the new NSW Pet Registry.