Greyhound ban hits Blayney business

Side effects: Orange Labor candidate Bernard Fitzsimon, deputy Opposition Leader and gaming / racing shadow minister Michael Daley and caterer Michael Garrity.
Side effects: Orange Labor candidate Bernard Fitzsimon, deputy Opposition Leader and gaming / racing shadow minister Michael Daley and caterer Michael Garrity.

Blayney’s Michael Garrity is one of the faces of the state government’s greyhound racing ban.

During Monday race meetings at the Bathurst greyhound track, he and his teenage children Veronica and Jack provide catering at the Hungry Hound Restaurant.

Under the state government’s ban, they won’t have any work come July next year, but there’s bigger problems facing Mr Garrity – a lack of jobs.

With the ban starting to bite it’s meant catering work at the greyhound track has dropped off.

Mr Garrity has taken to reading the classifieds for another job to support his family, but he’s had little luck.

“One of the big enticements was the opportunity for functions. We’re supporting 28 other families like butchers, bakers and food suppliers,” Mr Garrity said.

“There’s none of that happening because the industry is trying to save jobs.”