Repco Rally Australia has amended plans to use two roads in the Kyogle Shire in its World Rally Championship event next September.
Williams Road and the entire length of Sargents Road had been included in the original proposed route to be contested by the world’s top teams in the rally on 3-6 September.
Event organisers confirmed that Williams Road will not be used at all and that a portion of the Kyogle Road end of Sargents Road will only be used as a ‘liaison’ section and not part of a competition stage.
“We have now had discussions with our consultants about the management of issues associated with the original proposed route and as a result we will not be applying to use Williams Road as a competitive special stage or non-competitive road section,” organising committee chairman Garry Connelly said.
“On the same basis, we will not be applying to use the final section of Sargents Road as a special stage. That section will be between 2.5km and 4.5km long, but is yet to be determined.”
Mr Connelly thanked residents who had communicated their views on the rally to the organisers.
“We are keen to keep an open line of communication with the community. Our goal for the rally is to bring a strong economic and social benefit to the region,” he said.
Meanwhile, rally organisers say they have accepted a shire council decision to reject a proposed public holiday during the event, but say it will not affect plans to run a spectacular ’round-the-streets’ stage in Murwillumbah.
The Tweed Shire Council voted to not approve a holiday on Friday 4 September, which the rally had sought to coincide with the proposed revival of the popular Speed on Tweed festival in Murwillumbah.
“We fully accept the decision made in response to business concerns about lost trade, but note, however, that the council was told Rally Australia continues to enjoy strong community support,” Garry Connelly said.
Mr Connelly said planning would continue for the Super Special rally stage to be run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in Murwillumbah and for other motorsports events to use the 2km course across the weekend.
“Murwillumbah will be a hub of activity from Friday night until Sunday and I’m sure the Super Special stage will create a great atmosphere and a surge of business in the town,” he said.