Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission to start operation by end of first quarter

The new Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission may be up and ready to go by the end of the first quarter of 2018, according to the Racing Minister and Bathurst MP Paul Toole. 

DOG DAYS: Racing Minister and Bathurst MP Paul Toole.

DOG DAYS: Racing Minister and Bathurst MP Paul Toole.

It was announced in November last year that the commission, which is set to create up to 60 new jobs, will have its headquarters in Bathurst.

Mr Toole said the focus now was on recruitment. 

“It’s about getting the positions right and getting those roles appointed,” he said.

“I’m hoping some time after the first quarter in the year that those roles will be filled and we’ll see the commission up and running.

“There is currently a tender process underway. That tendering process is to secure a supplier for the refurbishment of the headquarters. 

“That’s expected to be concluded by the end of January and work inside the post office will start by early February.”

The Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission will be based in leased office space in the Bathurst Post Office building on Howick Street.

“There is recruitment currently underway for the senior executives and that includes positions like chief executive officer, a director of legal, a chief steward and all the staff will be in Bathurst,” Mr Toole said.

“Applications are coming for those roles and then [there will be] an interview process. 

“Once they are appointed, they will go out and advertise for additional positions such as clerical, administration staff and stewards.”

These developments come in the wake of Greyhound Racing NSW chief executive officer Tony Mestrov and his deputy Dayle Brown’s visit to Kennerson Park on Tuesday.

Bathurst Greyhound Racing Club racing manager Jason Lyne said industry stakeholders were pleased to have met with the pair.

“They appreciated the opportunity to speak,” Mr Lyne said.

“There was a wide range of issues ranging from prizemoney and our grading system.”