Tweed mayor Joan Van Lieshout
Tweed mayor Joan Van Lieshout

Mayor demands involvement in rally

THE Tweed will not be forgotten in the Repco Rally Australia event, Tweed Shire Mayor Joan van Lieshout has vowed.

Cr van Lieshout and representatives from Kyogle Shire Council yesterday met with the Minister for State Development Ian Macdonald in Sydney, following the announcement that special legislation was being prepared by the NSW Government to approve the September event.

“I have been assured and firmly requested that local government be fully informed,” Cr van Lieshout said.

“The interests of the Tweed have to be priority.”

Cr van Lieshout is calling for a review of the event after one year to consider any issues which may arise.

“We don't want to see a contract (for a second rally) until we're satisfied,” she said.

“We want to ensure that the impact of this event on the shire is kept to a minimum.”

Earlier this week Cr van Lieshout met with CEO of events NSW Geoff Parmenter and policy advisor to the Premier Jeremy Anderson to discuss Tweed Shire Council's ongoing role in the event.

“Tweed and Kyogle shires are disappointed local government is losing control over the determination of this event.”

Cr van Lieshout is in Sydney for the Shires Association of NSW Annual Conference.



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