Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

{KYOGLE RALLIES} {Kyogle Rallies}; Locals Mostly Happy with WRC Assurances Given at Town Meeting

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

{KYOGLE RALLIES} {Kyogle Rallies}; Locals Mostly Happy with WRC Assurances Given at Town Meeting

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Byline: Dave Kirkpatrick sport@northernstar.com.au

CONTRARY to popular belief, residents of Kyogle Shire won't be 'locked in' for three days while up to 60 competitors taking part in the World Rally Championships next year whiz past their homes.

That's the assurance the rally's organising committee chairman, Gary Connelly, gave to affected residents at a meeting at Kyogle's Memorial Hall last Friday and follows on from a similar meeting in Murwillumbah on Thursday

The Kyogle meeting was attended by about 120 people, and while there were a number of objections raised about the environmental, social and business impacts of the rally, many details of the event were greeted with overwhelming support.

"We were not going to call for a vote of confidence, or a show of hands, but several members of the audience spoke very strongly about the benefits of the event to the area and urged their fellow residents to get behind the event," Connelly said.

"Their addresses were greeted with a resounding round of applause.

"My gut feeling is that 95 per cent, or more of the group, overwhelmingly favour the event."

If it gains council approval, the rally will be held in Kyogle and Tweed Shires in September next year.

Nineteen of the rally's 26 stages will be centred around Kyogle, with some of the likely routes up for discussion on Friday.

Residents along Williams Road, Horse Shoe Creek Road, Homeleigh and Sargents Road, Old Cob o' Corn Road, Hillyards Road, Collins Creek Road, Lynchs Creek Road and Eden Creek Road are likely to be affected, but the final routes have yet to be decided.

"We did release details of where we are planning to go, but that's not final," Connelly said.

"There may be some other roads we need to look at, and some that are not suitable, but we did discuss those ones we are reasonably confident about. …

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