Supporters of the No Rally Group raised $7000 for Tweed Shire Councillor Katie Milne during a fundraiser in Murwillumbah on Wednesday night.
Supporters of the No Rally Group raised $7000 for Tweed Shire Councillor Katie Milne during a fundraiser in Murwillumbah on Wednesday night. Contributed

$7000 raised for Cr Milne

NO Rally Group supporters have made a generous contribution to Tweed Shire Councillor Katie Milne’s court costs against Repco Rally Australia.

More than $7000 was raised as 300 people attended a dinner, charity auction and movie night at Murwillumbah’s Regent Cinema on Wednesday night.

“It was heart-warming to see the public display of support for Katie,” No Rally Group spokeswoman Andrea Vickers said.

“It’s yet another sign that opposition to the Repco Rally, and the politics that allowed it to take place, is much more than a vocal minority.

“Many people donated generously on top of the ticket price.”

The money will go towards court costs Cr Milne incurred following a failed attempt to stop Repco Rally Australia through a court injunction.

The court costs were believed to be more than $26,000.

No Rally Group previously said they hoped to make $30,000 for Cr Milne through several fundraisers.

“The only shame is that we didn’t have these funds before the rally, as they might have helped Katie to win the injunction. The case was brought with very minimal resources,” Ms Vickers said.

The crowd rallied behind Cr Milne as she spoke on the night.

“We were given only two hours to make the case, and were only halfway through our argument by then,” Cr Milne said.

“The judge criticised us for bringing the case so late, but we had very little time after the legislation was passed.”

Films screened on the night were rally film Consultation or Control?, produced by Tweed filmmaker Harmony Church and British film The Age of Stupid.

Greens MLC Ian Cohen also spoke in support of Cr Milne and against the legislation in State Parliament.

He encouraged the audience to continue their efforts to protect the environment.

Rally opponent Michael McNamara also spoke on the imminent State Government review of the rally, and the need for the community to make submissions on its social, economic and environmental impacts.

The No Rally Group is also organising a quiz night and a community hall music gig for Cr Milne.

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