Repco Rally's Viability Drives Need for Review

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Byline: Patrick Williams patrick.williams@tweednews.com.au

STATE Development Minister Ian Macdonald says a review of Repco Rally Australia, including an economic analysis, is being conducted after Greens MLC Ian Cohen raised the issue in Parliament.

Mr Cohen questioned Mr Macdonald in the Legislative Council on Friday over a review being conducted by Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC), which he said lacked an economic cost benefit analysis for the Tweed.

"Whilst an economic analysis is important, the real concern about the rally is the impact it has had on the environment and the community and the likely negative impact any future rallies will have," Mr Cohen said.

"I asked the Minister in question time why IMC was not doing an economic analysis and how they could possibly recommend the continuation of the rally to the Minister if such an analysis has not been done.

"A proper analysis is the only way to determine if the event was financially viable."

At the end of question time on Friday, Mr Macdonald said a review on all aspects of the rally was under way.

"A review is being conducted and will cover all aspects of the rally, including an economic analysis," Mr Macdonald said. …