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Letters go out as concern over motorcycle festival lingers

KYOGLE Council will decide in August whether the Lions Tourist Trophy motorcycle festival will be approved beyond initial in-principle support.

However, letters from confident organisers have already been delivered to residents outlining plans for the festival from October 4 to 6.

"It is with our great pleasure that I can now engage with you regarding our not-for-profit organisation and the benefits our team hope to bring to your town," the letter begins.

"The Lions Tourist Trophy (Lions TT) team is working to bring substantial economic development and infrastructure improvement to the region by charging recreational motorcycle riders a fee for the experience."

The letter goes on to detail the event's mission, strategy, proposed road closures, activities and more.

Kyogle Country Inn and Kyogle Motel owner Michael Donnolley expressed concerns at the start of July about the festival's limbo state. Now he's getting increasingly worried.

"I don't know how the poor old shopkeepers who struggle for the rest of the year will feel about this," he said.

"They're talking about closing streets in town and a sprint trial day on residential roads. This is a small group of people coming in imposing all of this on everyone and there's been no consultation with the town. I think it's amateur hour."

Mr Donnolley said he wasn't totally opposed to the event, but he wanted to see it approved by the council in time for thorough consultation and organisation.

He also needed to know whether his accommodation would remain fully booked for the festival.

Lions TT chief executive Mark Luxford encouraged supporters to inform the council about their support.

He was confident Kyogle residents opposing the festival were the minority and had no doubt it would be approved.

Topics:  kyogle council lions tourist trophy motorcycle festival



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