ANTI-rally advocate Scott Sledge addresses a rally at Kingscliff earlier in the year.
ANTI-rally advocate Scott Sledge addresses a rally at Kingscliff earlier in the year. Tweed Daily News

No time for rally hoons

TWEED police and Council rangers are preparing a blitz on bad driving and illegal car parking when thous- ands of visitors to the region for the World Rally Championships early next month.

Police yesterday revealed some of their plans to crack down on offences following a public meeting at Kingscliff which voiced concerns about rally visitors behaving badly and resolved to write to both the police and the Council seeking promises of action.

Tweed Byron Police commander Superintendent Michael Kenny said he would be deploying 180 police through the Tweed and Kyogle shires on each day of the car rally, from Thursday, September 3, until Sunday, September 6.

“We are well down the track of our planning for the World Rally Championships,” Supt Kenny said.

Supt. Kenny said the 180 police would focus on the types of issues raised at the Kingscliff meeting and vowed police would be “well placed to respond” to any community concerns.

Extra officers being brought to the region he said would include “expert police trail bike riders, additional motorbike officers, additional highway patrols and additional public order police”.

“We will be targeting reckless driving, hooning and drink-driving, which is ordinarily a problem for this command,” he added.

“Residents should rest assured that significant planning and management of resources has taken place.”

The moves follow a meeting of the Kingscliff Ratepayers Association on Sunday night which called for normal “community standards” to be maintained during the Repco Australia Rally which will have its service pits on the Cudgen Leagues Club grounds over the first weekend next month.

The association also voiced concern about limited parking for all the visitors.

Chairman of the Rally Organising committee Garry Connelly said organisers totally supported the ratepayers' association and had held a number of meetings with police.

But he said “copycat driving” had not been a problem at other rally events and he believed the Cudgen Leagues Club ground had plenty of parking for visitors.

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