Close win for the rally's supporters
THE controversial Repco World Championship car rally has been given a vote of encouragement by Tweed Shire Council after mayor Joan van Lieshout called for councillors to take a cohesive stand in its support.
But the vote was a close call, with three of the seven councillors against supporting the international event, which is only two weeks away.
In pleading for support, Cr van Lieshout said the rally was going to happen despite objections, and she would have to front official events along with rally organisers.
“We have to as a council now be quite responsible,” she said.
“We should be adult and mature enough to accept this is a happening event.”
However, her move was opposed by deputy mayor Barry Longland, who said the community was divided over the rally.
Cr Dot Holdom said she had mixed feelings about the rally and as such could not support the mayor's request.
Cr Warren Polglase said the benefits from the rally would be enormous and the vote would show the Tweed community those who supported this event and those who didn't.
Greens Party councillor Katie Milne, who announced this week she was considering joining a legal action to seek an injunction preventing the rally from going ahead, criticised the mayor's request.
Lawyers yesterday were still examining the case's merits and if the court action would go ahead.
Cr Milne sought to table two ecological reports criticising the impact of the rally, but was told by the council's corporate governance manager Neil Baldwin that would not be allowed.
“Rather than take a cohesive stand for destruction of our environment, I would really like us to take a cohesive stand for protection of our environment and support the court case against the rally,” she said.