Coffs Har­bour with­draws Oz fund­ing

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Fund­ing for this year’s Rally Aus­tralia has been with­drawn from the host city of Coffs Har­bour.

The bomb­shell came late last week at what was ex­pected to be a straight­for­ward fund­ing meet­ing for the coun­cil. Ul­ti­mately, the vote went four-two against Coffs pro­vid­ing fi­nance for Aus­tralia’s round of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Coun­cil­lor Sally Town­ley out­lined the is­sue, say­ing: “We were be­ing asked to ap­prove the gen­eral man­ager to ex­e­cute a deal be­tween the coun­cil and Rally Aus­tralia Pty Ltd, of which he is a board mem­ber. Our gen­eral man­ager holds an ex­ec­u­tive role in both or­gan­i­sa­tions, so I find the trans­fer of money be­tween those or­gan­i­sa­tions cre­ates a con­flict.”

Coun­cil­lor Keith Rhoades was stunned by the out­come, say­ing: “I was just shell­shocked at their de­ci­sion. None of those four coun­cil­lors re­alise the ram­i­fi­ca­tions to our lo­cal econ­omy.”

The event has an agree­ment with WRC Pro­moter un­til the end of 2017.

No­body from the or­gan­i­sa­tion was avail­able for com­ment when MN con­tacted them on Mon­day.

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