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A new round of the Australian Rally Championship looks likely to be held in Forster, on the NSW central coast, in the second half of 2007.

Reports in the “Great Lakes Advocate” newspaper yesterday said that the Great Lakes Council had given its in principle approval to support the event.

Expressions of interest in staging a round of the series in 2007 closed with the CAMS and series promoters, Rallycorp, last Friday and among the submissions was a serious bid from a consortium to stage the event in Forster.

"We have received a submission for a round in the Great Lakes," CAMS Rally Manager, Campbell Andrea, told the local newspaper.

"We would certainly be keen to have a round in NSW once again and have received two applications from NSW and are looking at them. I would expect we would be in a position to finalise a calendar in the next four weeks."

Subject to the development of a satisfactory event budget, the Great Lakes council have offered up a maximum net contribution of $10,000 on top of amounts sourced from currently approved allocations.

"The council has the opportunity of being involved in the conducting of this event and we have to weigh up the value to the community of sponsoring the event," Great Lakes Council mayor John Chadban said.

"It is one of those events that would greatly benefit our area. It has a national focus and is well regarded, most of all it would be an injection of funds into our local economy and that is always good."

Initial plans for the event indicate that it would start and finish in North Street, Forster, adjoining Main Beach. The service park would also be in this location.

The competitive stages for the event would be held in the Bulahdelah and Kiwarrak State Forests, south west of Forster.

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