Protesters put call out to anti-rally supporters

THOUSANDS of protestors are expected to descend on Kyogle during the Repco Rally after members of the Githabul national put out a nationwide call for help.

“There will be buses from Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. People will be coming from all over the country,” Githabul man Trevor Close said.

The protestors are being called to go to Kyogle to stop the race.

“The rally will not go ahead,” Mr Close said.

Mr Close said the NSW Government had failed to protect the world heritage national park through which the race will run and it was now up to the people to do so.

Mr Close won a native title claim for the Githabul nation in 2007, and the rally will pass through land subject to the claim.

Mr Close said there was no binding agreement between the Githabul people and the Repco Rally.

Broken Head-based Greens MLC Ian Cohen said he would be demonstrating his objection to the rally peacefully during the event.

Kyogle based anti-rally group 7th Generation will join forces with its Murwillumbah counterpart, No Rally, to hold peaceful protests at designated areas.

Members of the groups will stage silent protests, dressed in white, at Barkers Vale, Horseshoe Creek, Toonumbar, Byangum, Uki and Murwillumbah.

The groups have formed a police liaison team and are working to ensure there were no issues with public safety.

Group member Mary Willis said they did not support environmental activist Graham Dunstan's suggestion protestors could obstruct the rally by lighting small fires at the side of the road on rally routes.

Mr Dunstan was speaking at an anti-rally protest in Lismore last Friday.

His comments were also shot down by the NSW Rural Fire Service who issued a reminder that there were fines of up to $5500 for lighting fires during the bushfire danger period, which begins on September 1.

Mr Close is involved in a last-minute bid to stop the rally through an injunction from the Federal Court.

The rally was unable to immediately respond.



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