Councillor Katie Milne.
Councillor Katie Milne. Tweed Daily News

Milne rallies supporters

KATIE Milne is confident she can raise enough funds to cover legal costs associated with her failed last-minute bid to halt Repco Rally Australia.

An elected representative on the Tweed Shire Council, Cr Milne brought her case against the international rally race to court only days before the event was to start.

Justice Margaret Stone said the legal challenge was ill-considered and misconceived, then ordered Cr Milne to pay Rally Australia's legal costs - expected to be more than $26,000.

Yesterday Cr Milne told the Tweed Daily News she would start fundraising when she learned the exact figure she must pay.

“I am pretty confident I will get the money,” Cr Milne said.

She said she already had two pledges of support from rally supporters, one of whom was prepared to part with $1000.

“I have a lot of really great support with a number of people pledging money already.”

Cr Milne said the “rush of the rally” was the reason she took her case to the court at the 12th hour and there were no regrets, despite criticism from the judge.

“I just have to do what I have to do and then deal with it.”

It is unlikely Cr Milne will take up rally organising committee chairman Gary Connelly's invite to take a seat on Rally Australia's environmental committee.

“I haven't even been given the terms of reference and I explained that to him at the time,” Cr Milne said. “I would also have to think about the time that would be involved and whether I would be the best person for that position.”

Cr Milne said an environmental expert with the time and willingness to represent the community would be the best person for the job.

Meanwhile, Cr Milne now has the Bilambil Rise and Kings Forest housing developments firmly in her sights as her battle to protect the region's environment continues.

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