Bylong Park FAQS

What is the plan for Bylong Park?

This Upper Hunter property will become a world first, animal welfare focused farm-stay facility to house and care for retired greyhounds before they are adopted as pets.  Bylong Park will centralise all the training and services needed to transform a racing dog, needing additional support, into a pet.

How will it work?

The facility will be managed by veterinary professionals and animal behavior experts and provide a pathway through to the Greyhounds as Pets (GAP) rehoming program.  It is expected that retired greyhounds will spend between six to eight weeks at the facility before they are ‘pet ready’, however, there will be no time limit for greyhounds needing extra time to become pet ready

The facility will include world-class features including a specially designed veterinary hospital, 20 kennel modules each housing 20 greyhounds, an outdoor yard and social play space, an indoor area with heated flooring and cooling, sensory gardens and landscaped grounds with water features. 

Why is this facility needed?

Racing greyhounds are raised trained and cared for in very structured kennel environments. Bylong Park will be an important part of preparing retired greyhounds for the unstructured and often unpredictable pet life.  Not all greyhounds require this transition program, but some do and currently capacity is limited to support greyhounds that need a longer transition period. Some former racing dogs prefer the more structured kennel life and these greyhounds will be allowed to spend as much time and support as they need to be pet ready.

Bylong Park is a critical part of Greyhound Racing NSW’s ‘Greyhounds as Pets’ initiative which is designed to ensure all greyhounds have quality care and homing for their lifetime.

What will the facility look like?

Greyhound Racing NSW has engaged a team of experts to design a centre of excellence at Bylong Park, which has been developed with long term animal welfare and wellbeing as a priority.

It will be a well-designed and attractive facility that complements the environment. An extensive landscaping plan will ensure the site is full of native plants. This will be visually appealing for staff and neighbours, but it is also important to provide different textures and sensory experiences for the greyhounds. Local plant species will be sourced to rehabilitate some of the degraded habitats on the property. The facility has been designed to minimise noise and visual impact, to maximise solar access and operate in sustainable manner.

Who will work there?

This facility will generate around 20 full time jobs and will rely on local goods and service providers wherever possible for its day-to-day operation. Local contractors will be used for construction and maintenance on site as needed, and all staff, including veterinary staff, will be recruited locally from Denman and then from Singleton and Muswellbrook wherever possible.

Will there be lots of visitors to the property?

No, this facility will not be an adoption facility. When a dog is ready to be adopted by a family, it will be transferred to an adoption centre to meet potential new owners. There will be no people regularly visiting the site looking to adopt a dog. The veterinary hospitals’ primary focus is to support the greyhounds within the facility therefore no additional traffic will be generated.

What happens to the greyhounds who cannot be trained to be a pet?

The farm-stay is an initiative that will help ensure all greyhounds receive the rehabilitation opportunities they need to learn to be family pet. However, any greyhounds that are unsuitable for adoption will receive lifetime care in the safety of the Bylong Park facility. There is no time limit for greyhounds within this program and the capacity of the facility has been designed with this in mind. Some ex-racing greyhounds prefer the security and predictability of a kennel environment however they will continue to be given opportunities to become “Pet Ready”.

How many greyhounds will be housed at the facility?

At maximum capacity 400 greyhounds will be housed at Bylong Park. The site includes 20 kennels each designed for 20 greyhounds.

Will all those greyhounds be noisy?

To ensure neighbours are not disturbed, a range of noise reduction design ideas have been incorporated into the plan. The kennels at Bylong Park will be built into a curved wall, designed to reduce, if not eliminate, the sound of any barking from the facility. The facility has been designed to minimise noise and used a range of acoustic tools to ensure sound does not travel, including accounting for the prevailing winds. The 20 kennel design is also part of the noise management strategy as this reduces kennel stressors and allows the greyhounds choice. Happy, calm and content dogs are quiet dogs.

How much extra traffic is expected on the roads to the property?

With more staff working on the site there will be an increase in traffic on the nearby roads. Greyhound Racing NSW is committed to doing everything needed to minimise disruption to neighbours. A bus to transport staff and contractors from Denman is being considered to reduce traffic on the roads. Bulk deliveries, storage and waste management strategies have been designed to minimise traffic also.

Are there are any other facilities like this in Australia?

No, this facility will be a world first. In fact, Greyhound Racing NSW will become the first racing jurisdiction of any racing code in the world to develop and operate such a facility. Bylong Park has the potential to be recognised as a visionary and world class place of excellence in animal welfare and environmental design.

What do animal welfare experts think of this plan?

This facility has been designed with animal welfare as the priority. Vets and animal welfare experts have been consulted in the planning stages and the result is kennel standards which far exceed best practice internationally. The facility has been designed to minimise noise and stress and ensure calm, happy and quiet dogs. The long-term wellbeing and welfare of the greyhounds was the main driver of the design process.

Have local First Nations groups been consulted?

Yes, community consultation has been conducted about Bylong Park with key stakeholders including with the Wonnarua Nation Aboriginal Corporation. 

Will you be able to find homes for all these greyhounds?

There is a very high demand in NSW for pet greyhounds. In fact, there are currently more families wanting to adopt a greyhound that we can supply. We are confident that almost all the greyhounds that come to Bylong Park will stay for just a short time and will then be adopted out to a home. If some of the greyhounds decide that they prefer living at Bylong Park, then that’s ok too. There is no time limit for the greyhounds to become “Pet Ready” as some ex-racing greyhounds find pet life too unpredictable.

When will construction start, and how long will it take?

The facility is currently pending Council approval and as such we are yet to be confirmed when construction will start and how long it will take. It depends on access to construction materials, contractors and approvals.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of our team, please get in touch via email bylongpark@grnsw.com.au