Police in NSW will soon have the power to ban people from attending horse racing events.
New legislation debated in Parliament this week would increase the powers for the racing industry and police.
It gives the Commissioner of Police the power to make an exclusion order against a person to prevent he or she from from entering racecourses during race meetings, but only if necessary in the public interest.
Anyone who does not follow the order risks up to 12 months in jail, a $5500 fine or both.
Albury MP Justin Clancy spoke in Parliament this week to support the new legisaltion, saying it could apply to the Albury Gold Cup.
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"The bill represents the government's commitment to a competitive and sustainable racing industry in NSW with high standards of integrity and public confidence, given we are talking about an industry worth over $2 billion per annum," he said.
"Albury has a substantial racing industry, from thoroughbreds to harness, supplemented by huge participation in equestrian competition and activity.
"The Albury Gold Cup is one of the richest horseracing carnivals in regional Australia."
The legislation will also require people by law to appear in front of a new racing tribunal or risk up to six months imprisonment and hefty fines.
"The importance of this legislation from a cross-border perspective is that it creates consistency with the position in Victoria, where the regulatory framework for thoroughbred racing allows Racing Victoria to enforce its rules against unlicensed racing participants," Mr Clancy said.