RALLY ACE: Finnish rally driver Mikko Hirvonen, driving a Ford Focus, competes in a stage of the Repco Rally run in the Kyogle and Tweed shires last September.
RALLY ACE: Finnish rally driver Mikko Hirvonen, driving a Ford Focus, competes in a stage of the Repco Rally run in the Kyogle and Tweed shires last September.

Council denies wrongdoing on rally

TWEED Shire Council has been accused of turning a blind eye to breaches of council health rules and other regulations during last September's world rally championship, with no legal action taken even nine months later.

The No Rally Group has linked the apparent lack of action to ‘potential conflicts of interest' for the council's general manager, Mike Rayner, who is on the board of Rally Australia.

But the council, asked for a response, said reports by officers on the alleged breaches were not intended to be acted on and hadreferred to outside operators handling and selling food during the rally events.

No Rally Group spokeswoman Andrea Vickers said the group's concerns about breaches of regulations were confirmed by a report from council officers as part of the Rally Review, due to be tabled in the NSW Parliament later this month.

Ms Vickers said the group had seen ‘no evidence of any council action taken'. “I doubt if any fines have been issued,” she said.

Mr Rayner has previously defended his position on the board, saying he took on the role as a result of a decision by councillors.



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