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The Australian Rally Commission is holding a 2 day planning conference this Friday and Saturday with a theme addressing the barriers to participation in Australian Rallying.

ARCom Chairman, Ed Ordynski, says that consultation has been Australia-wide and there has been an extraordinary response – far beyond what he anticipated – in preparation for the meeting.

“Competitors, officials, spectators, organisers, pretty much anyone involved in rallying has responded either via e-groups, through their state rally panels or directly to ARCom,” said Ordynski, “And we will actively use that information.”

The meeting begins with an address to ARCom from new CAMS CEO Graham Fountain who is supportive of ARCom’s initiative in holding the meeting.

The various portfolio holders: Murray Coote – Technical; Ross Runnalls – Sustainable Access; Colin Trinder – Risk Management; Geoff Becker – Safety and Rescue; Ben Rainsford – Tarmac; and Peter MacNeall – ARC; will then raise the key issues from their specialist areas.

During this part, Ordynski will present the key issues raised from the Australia-wide consultation and via his monthly teleconferences with the State Panel Chairmen who have been closely involved in the planning.

The meeting will then be joined by six event organisers from a variety of events under ARCom’s jurisdiction: Sam Beck, Alphera Dutton Rallies (hybrid event); Stuart Lister, Alpine Rally and Touring Road Events; Justin Hunt, Australian Safari (cross-country rally); Mark Perry, Targa Tasmania (tarmac rally); Gordon Fischer, Rockhampton Rally (remote location, gravel rally); and Ric Cary, Lithgow Rally (state championship, gravel rally).

“It would have been great to have more visitors but you have to manage the time and several of the invited guests have consulted their peers where appropriate,” said Ordynski.  “I think we have a great cross-section of events and I suspect many of the barriers are common to all.”

Noticeably absent is ARC representation and Ordynski simply says that the ARC has its own working group with direct access to ARCom and  that the events that will be present involve and represent thousands of active participants.

On the second day of the conference, ARCom will prioritise the key issues identified and review its terms-of-reference and business plan in light of those issues.

“I hope by the end of the second day we can release to the rally community the issues that were identified, the ranking of their priority and at least for those of highest priority, a commitment from ARCom to address them immediately,”

“I would very much like to thank all those who have participated in the lead-up to this meeting – personally, it has been very moving to see such interest and support,” concluded Ordynski.

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