Locals unsure of Kyogle rally route
The event, which is part of the FIA World Rally Championship, will see competitors from around the world thrashing it out on roads through the Border Ranges National Park and in both the shires. However, the exact route has been kept a secret.
Residents living along Williams Road, at Barkers Vale, and Horse Shoe Creek Road, near Kyogle, have been advised by letterbox drop that the proposed route would go past their homes.
Lesley-Anne Jacobson, of Mallanganee, said she objected to the rally because of its impact on the environment.
“With so many cars rushing along dirt roads, the road kill will be horrendous. There will be massive disturbances to koalas and nocturnal animals,” she said.
Ms Jacobson said that the rally was a waste of petrol.
“We should be encouraging people to not burn fossil fuels,” she said.
“I can’t see how it can be considered a sport.”
However, self-confessed petrol-head and promoter of Lismore Speedway David Lander said the rally would be good for the area.
“The biggest names in rally driving from Europe and South America will be coming,” he said.
The teams would total around 15,000 people and there would be an enormous number of domestic spectators, he said.
Mr Lander said the rally would be broadcast across the world and would be a chance for the area to promote itself.
Senior Town Planner at Kyogle Council John Hession said the rally’s organisers had not yet lodged a DA with the council.