CEO plans right on track

New Greyhounds WA CEO David Hobbs with Sisco on site at Cannington Greyhounds. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d413542
New Greyhounds WA CEO David Hobbs with Sisco on site at Cannington Greyhounds. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d413542

Mr Hobbs said the venue’s lease would run out in July next year and he hoped to have a brand new facility built next door by then.

‘Cannington has double the patronage of any venue in Australia so we are looking at a fully-blown racetrack with a TV set-up and things like that,’ he said.

‘Cannington has a big population and is sort of the last frontier before the hills.

‘We are ideally situated near small farming properties where greyhound owners tend to live and train.

‘We have invested in the name of Cannington but want to have our own footprint with the new facility.’

He said there was a budget of $21.3 million to build the new facility.

Mr Hobbs said he came from a strong sports background, helping launch the Fremantle Dockers in 1994 and was involved with the NRL bid for the West Coast Pirates.

‘I love my sports so coming here seemed like a good direction to go in,’ he said. ‘My father owned greyhounds so we had them around the home.

‘I only work in positions I am passionate about.’

Mr Hobbs said the speed and excitement of the sport attracted him to the role.

‘It’s the fastest sport outside of Formula One racing I have seen,’ he said.

‘The speed is incredible and I think that’s why people love it.’