Economic Benefits of Greyhounds to local community

Geelong Greyhound Racing Club general manager Ray Bartolo wants the local community to be aware of the positive financial and social impacts the club delivers to the region.


“There are more than 1300 people actively involved in the greyhound industry in the Barwon region, and from an economic outlook, the industry contributes $26.5 million in value to the economy in the City of Greater Geelong alone.” says Mr. Bartolo.


The greyhound racing industry provides more than $408.6 million in added value to the Victorian community, with more than 42% of this in regional Victoria.


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According to Mr. Bartolo, “This extends to employability, the greyhound racing industry provides just under 2,900 full-time equivalent jobs throughout the state of Victoria, with 45% of these in regional communities.  Our club alone employs 30 full time, part time and causal staff.”


The industry attracts 208,000 attendees to clubs a year, 65% of this comes from regional Victoria.


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“On top of providing jobs and economic benefits, our club delivers a tourism boost to the region, attracting around 10,000 racegoers to our club each year.  We want the community to understand that we provide more than just a day at the races, we are able to contribute to the socioeconomic sustainability of the Geelong region.” says Mr. Bartolo.


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