Canberra Greyhound Club still barking two months after ban
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Canberra Greyhound Club still barking two months after ban

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

The Canberra Greyhound Club are channelling the famous Mark Twain quote as they continue their fight against the ACT government, which banned their sport on June 30.

Canberra Greyhound Club president Alan Tutt has vowed to bring racing back to the ACT.

Canberra Greyhound Club president Alan Tutt has vowed to bring racing back to the ACT.Credit:Dion Georgopoulos

Greyhound racing was controversially axed after the ACT government followed a move by NSW, despite the latter backflipping on the decision and no malpractice being found in the capital.

The club has taken the ACT government to court and are seeking millions of dollars in compensation, while their meetings have temporarily moved to Goulburn.

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Club president Alan Tutt is confident the ban will be overturned if the Liberal government win the 2020 election and emphasised they're not going away.

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The NSW government have committed $500,000 to a feasibility study for a training facility and track in Queanbeyan, which the Canberra club would move to if their ban isn't overturned.

There are two 'Canberra at Goulburn' meetings each week and Tutt said most of his staff have been re-employed at the venue, but vowed to bring racing back to the ACT.

"If the government changes we’ll be racing back for sure. [Liberal politician] Mark Parton has agreed if elected in 2020 that's what will happen," Tutt said.

"If not we’ll take big pay cheque from our lease and compensation for our forced closure and us not being able to use facilities.

"We're seeking compensation because we have nine years on our lease and we can't race. There will be a court case in November and we're going to take them for millions."

Tutt emphasised its won't just be financial compensation the club will be seeking from a government he said has "wrecked things for the little guys".

"We also want apology from the ACT government. They've ruined an industry here because of their own agendas and they got it wrong, simple as that," Tutt said.

"They followed NSW who now have a million-dollar race which the ACT are eligible for, it's just ridiculous.

"They said they couldn't separate NSW from the ACT, but guess what, they're still still racing up the road."