At an Extraordinary Meeting of Tweed Shire Council today, the council resolved to support the World Rally Championships staying in the Tweed Shire.

The meeting was held following concern that the Board of Rally Australia was considering moving the event to another area in NSW.

Councillors heard comments from members of the public both for and against the Rally, and had extensive discussion and debate on the topic.

Following the discussion, council resolved that:

1. Tweed Shire Council supports the World Championship Rally to be held in 2011 and through to and continuing to 2017 in Tweed Shire.

2. Supports the request of Thomas George as per his letter of 24 September 2010 (paragraph 3):
“Further, I request that your government convenes a meeting between all the parties involved in organising the World Rally event, including the FIA World Rally Championship, Events NSW, CAMS and the Homebush Motor Racing Authority, the Tweed and Kyogle Shire Councils and the local Members of Parliament to seek a resolution to problems that have not even been officially presented to Councils or the community.”

3. A comprehensive, peer-reviewed economic analysis be undertaken by the Southern Cross University including a full benefit cost analysis that includes the full cost of public spending.

Councillors voting for the resolution were: Councillors Kevin Skinner, Warren Polglase, Phil Youngblutt and Dot Holdom, with Councillors Barry Longland, Katie Milne and Joan van Lieshout voting against.