Rally rejects calls for compensation
ORGANISERS of the world championship car rally planned for the Tweed in September have rejected calls for compensation from displaced sports clubs saying the clubs stand to profit from an influx of visitors.
“We are going to have a world championship event at their grounds,” said Rally Australia organising committee chairman Garry Connelly. “I would think it would be an excellent opportunity for the operators of their canteen to sell a lot of food and beverages.”
Earlier this week it was revealed a Tweed Shire Council report which most councillors had tried to keep secret criticised environmental studies for the rally and revealed various sports clubs using fields at Kingscliff and Murwillumbah would be forced out by rally-associated events.
The Kingscliff Soccer Club said it had asked rally organisers for a “show of goodwill” through a donation of $14,000 to help buy mobile grandstands, compensating for lost sales from its home ground canteen during finals games.
But Mr Connelly said he did not believe any formal submission had been received from the club. He added: “We have lots of people who are going to be based in that park who are going to want food and beverages.”
He dismissed claims the Murwillumbah Soccer Club would be displaced from its grounds saying the community had pleaded for a return of the Speed on Tweed event.