Repco Rally volunteer Lynne Thorgaard.
Repco Rally volunteer Lynne Thorgaard.

Volunteers step up for Repco Rally

TWEED residents in favour of this year's planned world championship car rally in the district are voting with their feet to show their support by becoming volunteer assistants.

Several hundred have already shown interest in helping out at the massive event to take place mostly on rural gravel roads in the Tweed and Kyogle shires, but organisers revealed yesterday another 600 volunteers are still needed.

One of those to so far put her hand up is Uki resident and Southern Cross University IT worker Lynne Thorngaard.

“I think it's going to be a wonderful thing for the area. I'm a supporter,” said Ms Thorngaard yesterday.

“I have been a fan of motor sport for many years, but I'm not in any way fanatical. I'm more fanatical about rugby league.”

Ms Thorngaard said she expected to be working in the spectator area but had already provided her skills in personal communication, helping explain some issues to Tweed landowners living near roads to be used by the rally.

That included reassuring farmers that if a fence was knocked over in an accident it would be fixed.

“They are things Rally Australia planned to address anyway,” she said.

“It's easy to be supportive of something you agree with.”

Repco Rally Australia organisers said they would need a total of about 1500 volunteers for the world championship rally from September 3 to September 6, but nearly 900, including trained specialists, from throughout the region had already put their hands up.

The rally's sporting director, Clerk of Course Michelle Gatton, said almost 900 people had offered their services already for a wide range of rewarding roles, from manning roadblocks to chaperoning overseas visitors and staffing the media centre.

“Volunteers are a large and vital part of motor sport at any level, but it's rare they have a chance to be involved with such a prestigious international event as Repco Rally Australia,” Ms Gatton said.

“It's wonderful that so many people have actively shown their support for the rally by volunteering already, but there are still plenty of spots avail- able.

“While there is a core of specialist volunteers who work at many motor sport events, volunteering is a great way for local people also to play a part in the event their community is hosting.”

People wishing to volunteer should complete an expression of interest form, available from the Repco Rally website or from the Repco Rally Australia office by phoning 02 6676 7025.

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