THE world championship car rally planned for the Tweed in September will be “a great race” according to NSW State Development Minister Ian Macdonald who has dismissed concerns by North Coast Greens MP Ian Cohen about its environmental impact.
Mr Macdonald told State Parliament this week the Repco Australia Rally, which the government has promised to approve with special legislation, overriding Tweed Shire Council's planning powers, will be “a great success”.
“I believe North Coast tourism will benefit from this rally, as it will bring significant numbers of people who are prepared to go there to watch this rally, and I am sure it will be a great success,” Mr Macdonald said.
“The wonderful North Coast will show the world what a wonderful coastal area we have, and other attractions in that area.”
He rejected criticisms from Mr Cohen that the rally would send the wrong message about environmental values of the area surrounding Mt Warning.