Every day the State Government’s timid $30 million, first-year greyhound industry compensation offer drags on is another thorn in the side of Geoff Rose.
The Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association chairman is furious at the government’s refusal to acknowledge real financial costs from the industry shutdown.
“[$30 million] won’t even scratch the surface,” Mr Rose said, highlighting the plight of Kankool Pet Foods in Willow Tree whose business relied heavily on the industry’s survival. A transition to the human consumption market may be possible but at a minimum cost of $500,000.
“And that’s just one bloke, what about the thousands of others in the industry?” he questioned, before mentioning the uncertainty even around the initial compensation figure.
“How can government make legislation without knowing how much it’s going to cost in the first place?”
A public forum will be held at the Gunnedah greyhound track on Tuesday from 6.30pm outlining their legal developments.