Githabul, rally organisers reach agreement
May 19, 2009
A report on cultural heritage issues within the Githabul Native Title Claim area has revealed that Repco Rally Australia will not impact on Aboriginal cultural heritage values, rally organisers said.
As a result, the Githabul people have reached agreement with the organisers for the rally to proceed in the New South Wales Northern Rivers on 3-6 September.
The independent report was commissioned by the rally organisers and prepared with the assistance and co-operation of the Githabul people, the Native Title Claimants over land through which stages of the rally will pass.
It was compiled by Davies Heritage Consultants Pty Ltd.
The Chairman of the Rally Organising Committee, Garry Connelly, said he was very happy that agreement with the Githabul pPeople had been negotiated.
“We greatly appreciate the efforts of the chairman of the Githabul People, Doug Williams, and the consultants in enabling this report to be prepared,” Mr Connelly said.
“The rally will be passing through some land that has been occupied by the Githabul people for a very long time and we are pleased that the report finds there will be no negative impact on their culture or heritage.
“We look forward to them greeting our competitors with a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony at Kyogle during the rally.”
A Question and Answer document on the Cultural Heritage Report can be read on www.rallyaustralia.com.