Rally hub in Brelsford Park a big factor in the WRC's return
BRELSFORD Park is undergoing a rapid transformation into the centrepiece of the Coates Hire Rally Australia, September 12-15.
The old velodrome will be the arena for the nightly Super Special Stage during the FIA World Rally Championship, while the rest of the park will become the Coates Hire Rally Australia Hub.
"Teams from across Australia and all over the world will be setting up their service garages in Brelsford Park which is also going to host the finish podium, a stage, souvenir and food outlets, corporate hospitality suites and the international Media Centre," Coffs Harbour City Council's Glenn Caldwell said.
"It's a fantastic way of bringing the Coates Hire Rally Australia into the heart of the city so everyone can enjoy the excitement and atmosphere of this global event.
Rally Australia event manager David Catchpole said the organisers are working closely with the community to ensure any potential disruptions from the event were minimised.
"The community's strong support for Coates Hire Rally Australia will not only help make 2013 another great success, but will also enhance our bid to the Federation de l'Automobile (FIA) to make it an annual event here on the Coffs Coast," David said.
"If there is any damage to the asphalt, which we don't expect to happen, Rally Australia is responsible for the condition it's returned to the community.
"But it's in our interests - as much as the Coffs Harbour community's - to make sure the site is available for use in the future. This will be a joint decision between Rally Australia and Council after the event."
The 2011 rally attracted more than 13,000 individual visitors to the Coffs Coast, generating more than 64,000 bed nights and a net economic impact of $14.8 million, according to Destination NSW.