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Organisers of Repco Rally Australia have accepted a shire council decision to reject a proposed public holiday during the event, but say it will not affect plans to run a spectacular “round-the-streets” stage of the World Rally Championship in the town of Murwillumbah.

The Tweed Shire Council voted this week to not approve a holiday on Friday 4 September, which the rally had sought to coincide with the proposed revival of the popular Speed on Tweed festival in Murwillumbah.

Repco Rally Australia, round 10 of the FIA 2009 World Rally Championship, will be staged on 3-6 September in the adjoining Tweed and Kyogle Shires in northern New South Wales.

Spectators will see action from some of the world’s best drivers, including five-time champion Sebastien Loeb of France, who was voted “greatest rally driver of all time“ in a poll last year.

“We fully accept the decision made in response to business concerns about lost trade, but note, however, that the council was told Rally Australia continues to enjoy strong community support,” rally organising committee chairman Garry Connelly said.

“That is also our own understanding, drawn from the many and diverse daily contacts we have with the public and business operators. These include hundreds of local people who have expressed their support for the rally by offering to become volunteer officials.”

Mr Connelly said planning would continue for the Super Special rally stage to be run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in Murwillumbah and for other motorsports events to use the two-kilometre course across the weekend.

“Murwillumbah will be a hub of activity from Friday night until Sunday and I’m sure the Super Special stage will create a great atmosphere and a surge of business in the town,” he said.
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