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Rally protesters front up to council

Craig Warhurst

REPCO Rally protesters wearing kangaroo masks and koala hats filled the public gallery of the Tweed Shire Council meeting last night.

The “No Rally” members voiced their outrage of the proposed Repco Rally Australia, FIA World Rally Championship, scheduled for September 3 to 6.

The event which would cover 350km of roads in the Tweed and Kyogle shires is awaiting approval from both councils.

Burringbar resident Fiona McCormick, who lives on one of the proposed stages, said the event will put more young people at risk.

“There is evidence to show an interest in motor sports is associated with speeding and car crashes,” she said.

“I am a GP and have worked in Lismore, Byron Bay and Mullum- bimby hospitals and know that young people are twice at risk of having fatal car crashes.”

Volunteer Wildlife Carers were also at the meeting because they were upset they were asked to care for the injured animals, Dr McCormick said.

“I'm concerned about the fact my road is supposed to be sealed by now, but that won't be done in the foreseeable future,” she said.

“The other thing I find alarming is that one of the stages is through Mooball National Park.”