Minister: Clover Moore and “latte crew” have no say over Wentworth Park

KEVIN Anderson has responded to Clover Moore’s calls for racing to cease at Wentworth Park stating she has no say over what happens at the venue.

Adam Dobbin

30 July 2020

MINISTER for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson, whose portfolio includes racing, has responded to Clover Moore’s calls for racing to cease at Wentworth Park declaring she has no say over what happens at the inner-city track.

Speaking to the Greyhound Recorder, Minister Anderson didn’t mince his words when issuing the following response to Moore’s claims earlier this week that Wentworth Park “should be returned to the hands of the community immediately”.

“Thankfully Clover Moore and the almond latte crew have no say over what happens at Wentworth Park,” the Minister said.

“Greyhound racing will continue at Wentworth Park for as long as the industry has a lease over the site.”

The Sydney Lord Mayor created headlines on Tuesday when announcing that the City of Sydney Council had voted eight to two to demand that the NSW Government “return Wentworth Park to the public”.

“It doesn’t seem right that so much of Wentworth Park, which sits in the middle of one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Australia, is dominated by a greyhound racing track,” Moore said.

The NSW Greyhound, Breeders, Owners & Trainers Association (GBOTA) has a lease at Wentworth Park, a NSW Government-owned asset, through until 2027.

The future of city racing at Wentworth Park post the expiration of the lease in 2027 continues to be the subject of significant discussion.

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) CEO Tony Mestrov said earlier this week that his organisation would welcome any discussions with the NSW Government and stakeholders that takes into account the industry has seven years remaining on its existing lease.