Give rally a fair go next time round

WHEN Frenchman Sebastien Loeb

clinched the World Rally Championships in Great Britain at the weekend, the amount of people who would have noticed on the Northern Rivers would have been small.

After all, unless you are a motor sport fanatic, the derring-do of a few crazy drivers in the WRC would normally pass you by.

Little would the adoring fans who attended the final race of the season in Wales realise it was one of the most divisive local issues this year.

The WRC roared through the Tweed and Kyogle shires only last month and captured headlines around the world because of some over-the-top protesting by a minority.

Some protesters worked themselves up into such a lather that a stage was eventually cancelled because of fears for driver safety. For months prior to the rally, many threatened boycotts of local businesses who supported the event and some claimed

untold damage would be done to the


According to others, local teenagers would soon be roaring through the bush and causing carnage on our roads.

Many of those claims can now be seen for what they were - wrong.

The local environment has remained as

it was, there were no endangered wildlife wiped out and police have reported no

increase in hooning since the rally.

Organisers erred in not going through with a development application, relying instead on the NSW Government passing legislation to make sure the event went ahead. Perhaps now, some protesters can admit they were also wrong.

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