Milne breaks silence

GREENS councillor Katie Milne has broken her silence on her opposition to the conducting of last weekend's Repco Rally Australia event in the Tweed and Kyogle shires.

The Tweed councillor who spearheaded a legal battle to stop last weekend's rally believes she is being victimised by the media, police and rally organisers.

“The reporting has been very one-sided, hypocrisy abounds and it has been inciting hatred,” Cr Milne said in a statement emailed to the Tweed Daily News yesterday.

“This has to stop,” she said. “I am calling on all parties involved to stop adding fuel to the fire and damaging the reputation of the No Rally group and myself.”

Cr Milne's response comes after calls from members of the public and the growing concern of Mayor Joan van Lieshout that the rebel councillor must explain her opposition to the rally.

Numerous correspondents in letters to the editor and SMS messages to the Tweed Daily News this week have called for Ms Milne's resignation.

Cr Milne said in her statement a lot of questions need to be answered in relation to the cancellation of the Byrrill Creek stage of the rally and the media reporting.

“People need to calm down about this until the truth is established and the police do their job,” she said.

“The SMH (Sydney Morning Herald) now has a story entitled 'Car rally rock attacks false', yet our local media are stilly carrying on with the story.

“Garry Connolly of Rally Australia has stated to the SMH that 'no cars were struck by rocks on Friday'.

“Why did Garry let the media frenzy escalate for nearly a week before he clarified this?

“Why has he not deigned to apologise for withholding this information and letting the vilification of the protesters go unchecked?”

Supt Michael Kenny of Tweed Local Area Command yesterday said investigations are continuing into the alleged rock-throwing and other incidents.

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