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Call to bring back Rally

Five time world champion Sebastien Loeb has won the first Repco Rally Australia with teammate Daniel Elena.
Five time world champion Sebastien Loeb has won the first Repco Rally Australia with teammate Daniel Elena.

FORMER Tweed mayor Kevin Skinner is hoping Tweed Shire Council may be able to lure the controversial Rally Australia event back to the Tweed and Kyogle shires from Coffs Harbour.

The event, which is held every two years, was held near Coffs Harbour this year after protests in the Tweed in 2009 led to organisers abandoning the area, along with the sponsorship of the Festival of Speed on Tweed in Murwillumbah.

Cr Skinner won support at this week's council meeting from all councillors except Katie Milne and Joan van Lieshout to call for a report to be brought to councillors "clearly showing the economic impact of the World Rally Championship in Coffs Harbour in 2011 in comparison to the rally held in Tweed Shire in 2009".

Yesterday Cr Skinner said he was taking "one step at a time" in moving to lure the rally back to the Tweed - despite the protests of conservationists and others who in 2009 formed the No Rally Group.

"This event is sponsored by Events NSW," he said.

"One of their requirements is they have to introduce new money into NSW,"

"Our event would have introduced more money from Queensland than holding it in Coffs Harbour."

Cr Skinner said an economic report on the impact of the rally was completed after the Tweed event and he believed the same would be done after the Coffs Harbour rally.

"I think if the economic comparison shows it's a viable thing here, that's something we need to discuss in council," he added.

Cr Skinner said moving sections of the rally aware from sensitive areas such as Byrrill Creek towards Kyogle would present no problem and he felt the organisers could be lured back.

"I think it's something that should be looked at," he said.

Topics:  coffs harbour, kyogle, rally australia, tweed


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