"Existing animal race tracks at Dapto, Bulli and Kembla Grange hold potential as parks or sporting facilities. There needs to be a conversation in the community about what new purposes these facilities could serve. We can re-imagine these spaces as all sorts of things."
"I think the Dapto community's ready to move beyond animal cruelty and gambling. There are lots of things going on in the West Dapto area that would build a strong community identity without greyhound racing.
"Racing industry reforms have failed to adequately address issues of animal wastage and injury. I am hopeful that the Greens will gain more seats in the upper house come the election and be in a stronger position to make our plan reality."
Cath Blakey, Greens candidate for Wollongong in the 2023 NSW state election.
... the Greens outlined a plan to end greyhound racing in NSW over the course of one year and horse racing over four, as well as ban rodeos and petting zoos. Racing industry workers would get support to gain new skills and employment and race tracks would be repurposed, with a commitment that at least 60 per cent of tracks would become green space ...
Story by Natalie Croxon in the Illawarra Mercury, 28 February 2023.