BATHURST MP Paul Toole has ruled out crossing the floor and voting against a controversial ban on greyhound racing due to come into effect next year.
Premier Mike Baird announced last month that greyhound racing would be banned in NSW from July 1, 2017, sparking an outcry in the industry.
A well-funded campaign opposing the ban put in place with Nationals MPs in strong greyhound racing areas, including Bathurst, also targeted for their support.
But while Mr Toole said he was happy to take the concerns of local greyhound breeders and trainers directly to the minister, he ruled out crossing the floor to vote against the legislation when it comes before parliament.
However, he left open the option of abstaining from the vote.
“We need to see whether the legislation calls directly for a shutdown of the industry or whether it allows for a transition period. But I won’t be crossing the floor or anything like that,” he said.