Targa rally must go, according to angry cafe owner
A cafe owner’s submission to have a popular two-day motor rally stopped from coming to Arapuni has been unsuccessful.
Rhubarb cafe’s Bryan Samuel’s last minute bid to get the Targa Rally redirected has left him disappointed.
A late round of submissions eight days out from the event left council staff with no time to negotiate with organisers.
South Waikato Mayor Neil Sinclair said they would have more time to consider making a change next year.
"Give us a plan early to show how we get the benefit."
The rally is scheduled to come through on Saturday May 14 which Samuel said is his busiest trading day.
"What amazes me is they come in here and rip up the roads and do anything that’s illegal for any other person.
"It annoys me a bit, but that’s what I expect."
Samuel said he lost around $1500 last year when he bought in extra staff and supplies to cater for the event.
"Based on previous weekend trading for this time of year and taking into account the extra costs we were down for the days trading as many of our normal customers stayed away.
Chief executive Craig Hobbs said he didn’t think looking at one event in isolation was fair and the cafe gets to benefit from other events.
"I believe we’ve done very well in investing in events to bring money into the district.
Samuel said Hobbs didn’t have a clue how much money was spent in the district when he asked and this was confirmed at the Corporate and Regulatory meeting
"The benefits for us are the exposure to the trails." Samuel said.
They will have to cut back on staff and make up lost revenue on Sunday.