Greyhound racing in QLD 'up to the challenge of reform'

QUEENSLAND Racing Minister Grace Grace says there is no need to follow the lead of the New South Wales state government and ban greyhound racing. 

NSW Premier Mike Baird shocked the nation last week when he announced greyhound racing would be banned from July next year. 

Animal rights groups had been calling on the Palaszczuk Government to follow suit however today Ms Grace categorically ruled that out. 

"I believe that the greyhound industry in Queensland is up to the challenge of reform and ensuring that we have the highest standards of animal welfare and integrity in Australia," Ms Grace said after meeting with industry representatives.

"It was pleasing to hear from industry participants that they're more than willing to work with the government and with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission to ensure animal welfare and integrity in this State.

"The government and the greyhound industry both understand that maintaining public confidence is the key to the future of greyhound racing in Queensland.

"Thanks to our racing reforms including the creation of an independent standalone racing integrity commission, all three codes of racing have a bright future in Queensland."