Greens councillor Kate Milne addresses a crowd of about 100 protesters at Uki recently.
Greens councillor Kate Milne addresses a crowd of about 100 protesters at Uki recently.

Protesters ask court to block Rally

THE Repco Rally was last night fighting for survival after protesters asked the Federal Court to issue an injunction to block the international event less than a fortnight before it starts.

Rally organisers last night confirmed they had been notified of an application for an injunction in the Federal Court by Tweed Shire Greens councillor and staunch rally opponent Katie Milne.

Ms Milne and other rally opponents went public with their planned action more than a week ago, saying they believed the NSW Government's approval of the event may be unconstitutional.

Rally Australia chairman Alan Evans yesterday vowed to fight the injunction and said Rally Australia's preparations would 'continue unabated' for the September 3-6 event.

“They must know that the federal and state governments' environmental authorities have looked at this,” Mr Evans said.

“If these people who are now wanting to go to court had any confidence at all in their position they would have placed it before a judge months ago. All the information has been in the open for a long, long time.”

Mr Evans accused the protesters of delaying their court action 'until the teams are on their way and thousands of people have made a personal and financial commitment that cannot be undone'.

“We are fully committed to running an environmentally responsible rally for the benefit of all the people of the region and of the sport,” he said.

Ms Milne has previously said heading the legal action would be 'like putting your hand up for hero status' on the Tweed.

If the case is lost, Ms Milne risks being bankrupted and losing her position on Tweed Shire Council. However, she has said she hoped to make a 'profit' from the legal action.

A spokesman for the rally last night declined to say whether organisers would pursue their own legal action if the event were disrupted.

The spokesman said a date had yet to be set for the hearing so that would decide whether or not the injunction goes ahead.

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