Tweed is rallying to Repco

A PLANNED car rally may be causing division in Kyogle, but Tweed residents could get extra incentive to welcome the event with moves for a public holiday to mark it.

Tweed Shire councillors, whose predecessors have traditionally voted against public holidays for events such as show day and the Tweed River Jockey club's Melbourne Cup Day festivities, agreed to seek public feedback on an official holiday for the car rally.

Greens councillor Katie Milne, who called for consideration of other holidays, received support only from deputy mayor Barry Longland.

“I cannot understand why only one option has been put forward allowing the community only to vote on one event,” Cr Milne said. “I think we are showing favouritism to one company.”

Council approval for the holiday was sought by Murwillumbah-based general manager of the Repco-sponsored Rally Australia, Gary Upson, who indicated it could help plans to resurrect the Speed on Tweed festival and would remove school buses from the rally route on the holiday.

The proposal was considered, even though councillors have yet to give development approval to the event.

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