Rocky bridge to cross for rally organisers
The rally, which is part of the FIA World Championship, is due to be held in the Kyogle and Tweed shires in September.
Sandy Thompson, who owns the 10-acre wildlife sanctuary through which the rally would run, said the idea of holding the event in such a bio-diverse location was irresponsible.
Mr Thompson said his biggest concern was the threat to aquaculture in Hanging Rock Creek, which runs parallel to Williams Road.
“There are nine small wooden bridge crossings on Williams Road. The potential for one of these vehicles to leave the road and end up in the creek is huge,” he said.
Mr Thompson said fuel or oil spillage into the creek could endanger its populations of platypus, turtles, water birds, ducks, cormorants and fish.
Hanging Rock Creek flows directly off the World Heritage Border Ranges National Park and its largest swimming hole is listed as a ‘must do’ in the Lonely Planet travel guide.
Mr Thompson said vehicles in the rally would also kill lizards, snakes, quails, pheasants, whiptail wallabies and pademelons.
“There will be a lot of road kill if they come through here,” he said.
“They should take their rally somewhere that people want it.”
It is expected a DA for the event will be lodged with Kyogle Shire Council in February.
The Northern Star made every attempt to contact Repco but received no response.