Committee to plot rally's course

A STEERING committee to look at issues raised during a review of the Australian round of the World Rally Championships and to start planning for the 2011 event has been set up by the Kyogle Council.

The steering committee will consist of three council representatives - mayor Ross Brown, general manager Arthur Piggott, and an as yet to be determined councillor - two representatives from Rally Australia, a member of the Kyogle and District Chamber of Commerce and four community representatives.

One of the Rally Australia representatives is expected to be the organisation's general manager, Gary Upson.

The community representatives will be invited by the council to join the 10-member steering committee, with potential candidates to be drawn from a list of people who have previously shown an interest in the rally, or who have had input into the event.

Mr Piggott said the steering committee would consider all issues raised in a review of the event, commissioned by the Kyogle and District Chamber of Commerce and done by Southern Cross University.

The findings of that review are expected to be finalised within the next couple of weeks and tabled at the council's November 16 meeting.

The steering committee would also expect to have input into a separate review of the September rally, commissioned by the State Government as part of its Repco Rally legislation.

As well, the steering committee will look at how the rally and local ancillary events and activities planned around it can be improved.

Mr Piggott said the council wanted to be 'well and truly prepared' for the 2011 rally should it be given State Government approval to proceed.

“We thought it was best to start getting input now while everything is still fresh in everyone's memory,” he said.

The council hopes to convene the first meeting of the steering committee next month.

“I would imagine the steering committee would meet a few times in a relatively short period to set up the terms of reference and discuss the review,” Mr Piggott said.

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