Details of the proposed route of a round of the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship will be released at meetings at Kingscliff, Murwillumbah and Kyogle on Saturday, February 7.

With Repco Rally Australia, Round 10 of the prestigious 2009 FIA World Rally Championship now less than eight months away, organisers say that community consultation is their major priority.

General Manager Gary Upson said: “Following on from our very successful resident meetings held in Murwillumbah and Kyogle in November, a series of community meetings are planned for February 7th in Kingscliff, Murwillumbah and Kyogle.

“The support of the community is of utmost importance to our event and we have targeted community consultation as a major priority as we start the countdown for the event.”

Organisers plan to release details of the proposed rally route including details of roads that will be closed for the rally cars to compete on.

There will also be an opportunity for the community to be briefed on the current status of the World Rally Championship and the benefits it will bring to the region, and to participate in a question and answer session.

All residents, property owners and business operators in the area are invited to attend the briefings.

The organisers said the proposed rally route was still subject to council regulatory approval and that independent consultants had been appointed to undertake an Environmental Assessment and file a Development Application.

Consultation is also taking place with local Aboriginal groups as well as the Githabul Aboriginal people who have native title rights over part of the land that the rally is proposed to cover.

Meetings on Saturday 7th February 2009 are at:

  • 9am Kingscliff Community Centre
  • 12noon Tweed Shire Council Building, Murwillumbah
  • 4pm Kyogle Town Hall.

Picture: Rally Australia.