Rally event to use new routes

A PROPOSAL which will see an expansion of the Border Ranges Rally to include routes used by the 2009 World Rally Championships, will come before Kyogle Council on Monday.

The Gold Coast Motorsporting Club is expected to make a presentation to the council's technical services committee in relation to the event which has been sanctioned by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport and is part of the Queensland Rally Championships.

"If successful in our wishes to expand the event, the organising club will also seek to make the rally a 'state of origin' challenge between NSW and Queensland," a letter from the club to the council said.

Two new routes along Wiangaree Back Road, Apple Gum, Wyndham and Eden Creek roads, finishing near Afterlee Rd and Webbs and Hillyards roads, finishing near Bentley Rd would be included with the support of the council.

The club had wanted to include the Lynchs Creek, Forest and Simes roads, finishing near Gradys Creek Rd, but after talks with the council they were informed about a koala habitat on the route and withdrew it from their plans.

The club said the event would have a positive economic impact on Kyogle, especially on accommodation businesses and food outlets.

It would also provide fundraising opportunities for local services clubs.

The club is seeking in principle support from the council for the expansion of the event and permission to doorknock and letterdrop residents along the proposed routes for closed competition stages.

The club is planning to hold a promotional start to the event within the township.

This will include a static display and be followed by a super special stage under lights at the showground on Friday, August 24, the first day of the two-day rally.