Cudgen Leagues Club deputy chairman Ian McKnight (left) with club secretary manager Grant Brown says the World Rally Championships are welcome to use their grounds as a pit area.
Cudgen Leagues Club deputy chairman Ian McKnight (left) with club secretary manager Grant Brown says the World Rally Championships are welcome to use their grounds as a pit area. Craig Sadler

Club offers fields to Repco Rally

CUDGEN Leagues Club is in talks with Repco Rally Australia and Tweed Shire Council to relocate the proposed pit area for the World Rally Championships from Jack Bayliss Park to the club grounds.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest organised the meeting with the club, Kingscliff Ratepay- ers Association and Repco Rally Australia two weeks ago. The original location of the rally pits was protested by 150 supporters of the No Rally Group in April.

Cudgen Leagues Club deputy chairman Ian McKnight said the change of venue is still to be confirmed.

“We thought it would be for the better interest of the community. It has not been officially green lit, but we've got plenty of room for them,” Mr McKnight said.

He said the club grounds were suitable, having hosted more than 50,000 people for last year's Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout competition.

“We have offered our grounds and facilities to Repco Rally, and we're just waiting to hear back from them,” Mr McKnight said.

“We're aware the community had some concerns with the original location. We're a community club and want to do what we can to help.”

Repco Rally Australia had the Marine Parade park picked to be used as a workshop and storage facility for rally cars during the September event. If held there, the temporary bay will stretch over 880 metres, starting near the Kingscliff Bowls Club and running north to opposite Terrace Street, with access points to the beach in between.

No Rally Group president Michael McNamara said the move was not adequate.

“Moving it a couple of hundred metres down the road isn't a big change,” Mr McNamara said.

“This is a cynical attempt to remove the concerns of some residents of Kingscliff from the equation. They are still passionate about seeing the rally moved from the Tweed.”

Repco Rally Australia yesterday chose not to comment.

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