rallyThe Tweed will not be forgotten in the preparations for and operation of the planned Repco Rally Australia event in September, says Mayor of Tweed Shire Joan van Lieshout.

Cr van Lieshout met with Chief Executive Officer of Events NSW Geoff Parmenter and Policy Adviser to the Premier Jeremy Anderson in Sydney yesterday to discuss Tweed Shire Council’s ongoing role in the event following the announcement that special legislation was being prepared to approve the rally.

Speaking from Sydney where she is attending the Shires Association of NSW Annual Conference, Cr van Lieshout said she was ‘very firm’ in insisting the Tweed would be party to all communications regarding the rally.

“I am demanding full transparency and full communication on all issues regarding the Rally,” Cr van Lieshout said.

“Mr Parmenter and Mr Anderson acknowledged the fact that that Tweed Shire Council and the community need to be fully informed.

“They also acknowledged that the Tweed and Kyogle Shires are disappointed local government is losing control over the determination of this event.”

Cr van Lieshout is calling for a review of the event after one year to consider any issues which may arise.

“We want to ensure that the impact of this event on the Shire is kept to a minimum,” she said.

Cr van Lieshout and representatives from Kyogle Shire Council are arranging to hold a meeting with the Minister for State Development Ian Macdonald tomorrow.