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The federal government has extended the areas in Western Australia eligible for relief payments after tropical cyclone Seroja torn through coastal regions of the state.

Residents in the local government areas of Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Morawa, Perenjri and Three Springs, are now also eligible for the $1,000 payments for adults and $400 payment for children.

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50 greyhounds have died on Australian racing tracks so far this year, nearly a 50% increase in fatalities from 2020, according to data collected by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.

According to the organisation, the latest dog to die was two year old “Pretty Smart”, who was euthanised on Wednesday after fracturing their femur after falling at a track’s turn.

Three of the four deadliest racetracks in 2021 are in NSW. Maitland, Richmond, and Wagga Wagga have recorded three deaths each, as has Albion Park in Queensland.

2021 has been a horrific year for greyhounds, marked by an alarming rise in deaths on NSW racetracks.

Greyhound racing is incompatible with animal welfare. Death and injury is inevitable whenever greyhounds race and no dog should die for the gambling industry,” he said.

The only way to stop the suffering of greyhounds is to ban greyhound racing. Until that happens, the industry should act on what its own research recommended in 2017, that straight tracks and six-dog races are safer alternatives.

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