Cash-injected boost for rally
KYOGLE Council has agreed to set aside $10,000 to run part of an expanded Border Ranges Rally.
The move comes after the Gold Coast Tweed Motorsporting Club, which has successfully run the rally out of Woodenbong since 2006, sought the council's help to expand the event to include stages around Kyogle.
The club is planning to hold the rally on August 8-11, with day one set aside for media promotional drives around Kyogle and day two a road reconnaissance day for competitors. The rally proper would be held on the Saturday and Sunday.
Stages around Woodenbong would be held on Saturday and Saturday night, with the service park set up at the Woodenbong Showground.
The Sunday stages would be around Kyogle.
The Kyogle Showground would host the service park, while the presentation would be held in Kyogle's main street.
Part of the Queensland State Championship Rally, the event is expected to bring about 500 people to the area, with spectators on top of that.
The club had asked the council to provide traffic control services for the rally and help prepare a spectator viewing area at Hillyards Rd, Kyogle.
All up, the council estimated this would cost about $25,000 and while supporting the event, was not prepared to hand over that amount.
However, it agreed to provide $10,000 and co-ordinate its mainten- ance program to ensure that each of the rally roads gets graded in the four weeks before the event.