State Government funding to help Kyogle businesses profit from Repco Rally Australia will provide a strong complement to the event’s own plans to actively involve the community in creating economic benefit, organisers said.

Rally Australia issued an invitation to community, sporting, school and other groups to submit ideas for fund-raising activities around the 4-6 September event, a round of the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship expected to draw thousands of visitors to the region.

Garry Connelly, chairman of the Repco Rally Australia organising committee, said $30,000 in assistance announced by New South Wales Regional Development Minister Phil Costa demonstrated strong support for the Kyogle region and faith in the rally’s potential to deliver substantial benefits.

The money will be used by the Kyogle and District Chamber of Commerce for its Growing Kyogle Rally community economic development project.

“The Repco Rally Australia World Rally Championship round will bring to northern NSW one of the biggest international motorsports series and unprecedented opportunities to benefit at many levels,” Mr Connelly said.

“We are currently recruiting a marketing and sponsorship manager who will work with the local community to leverage every possible opportunity.

“There will be numerous activities open to community groups, including the provision of food at spectator points and organisation of parking. Businesses with experience in corporate hospitality activities are also invited to contact the rally office in Murwillumbah.”

Repco Rally Australia officials will conduct community information meetings at three locations next Saturday, February 7.

The meetings will be at Kingscliiff (9am, Kingscliff Community Hall), Murwillumbah (noon, Tweed Shire Council auditorium) and Kyogle (4pm, Kyogle Town Hall).

Repco Rally Australia is also seeking to involve the community members in a planned Environmental Advisory Committee and an Environmental Monitoring Group. The bodies will advise on environmental policy and monitor its implementation.

Nominations from suitably qualified individuals close on Saturday and can be submitted at the community meetings.