Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Let the Majority Be the Decider of Rally Success; Mollie Butler Writes about Real Tweed Issues and People

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Let the Majority Be the Decider of Rally Success; Mollie Butler Writes about Real Tweed Issues and People

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There will still be plenty of talk around the district this week on the success or otherwise of the World Rally Championship and Speed on Tweed.

Firstly we still live in a democracy, so everyone can voice an opinion.

However, there are those who seem to object to the opposing side having any publicity at all.

Every event staged at a new venue for the first time is sure to have teething problems, and there should be a few changes next time.

The locals need to be informed more about what is happening.

Now the event is over we must wait a while to see the statistics.

For a few days each year (for Speed on Tweed) and every second year for WRC there will be some inconvenience to locals.

We must weigh up the positives against the negatives and let us hope that can be done in a truthful manner.

From now on it looks like the hitherto silent majority will have to really stand up and let the government know what they think.

It just does not seem right that such a small number of protesters can wield such power over thousands of people.

Don't be fooled by wild statements - why would a race be called off unless there was a good reason?

But let us look at the positives.

I am talking about what I witnessed first hand.

What a crowd on the streets of Murwillumbah, with eateries doing a roaring trade on Thursday night.

The atmosphere was great, with young and old rocking along to Jon Stevens' music or inspecting the cars or just soaking up the atmosphere.

The drivers must know they are welcome - you could not get near them to get an autograph.

Some people said they were not interested in the cars but simply came out to support the event.

On Friday night I was at the showground where there were a few people steadily flowing through our food outlet, and a huge crowd once again watching the rally. …

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