Rally helper keen but is it safe?

WARREN Fellowes doesn't want to miss out of any of the action of the Repco Rally Australia, which is why he is giving his time as one of more than 1000 volunteers assisting with next month's event.

“It's not every day that a world-class sporting event is run in your own backyard,” said the Tweed Heads South retiree.

“I'm a fan of all sport and when I heard that the World Rally Championship was coming to Tweed, I decided to get involved.”

The retired accountant will be one of an army of local volunteers who will help marshal crowds at the rally which will run in the Tweed and Kyogle hinterland from September 3 to 6.

“It's quite a big commitment to become a volunteer,” Mr Fellowes said.

“I have a 77-page operations handout that I have to know and a 22-question and answer test that I have to get right, as well as complete a training day next Thursday before I go out into the race areas.

“I have complete confidence in the organisers and can't wait to get into the thick of it.”

But rally opponents, No Rally Group Inc, are concerned for the safety of volunteers and are calling for a “complete and thorough risk assessment and risk management plant” for the event and that these details should be made public before the first cars rev their engines next week.

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