Mahonen: Australia is safe despite government funding issues
WRC manager Jarmo Mahonen has confirmed this year’s Rally Australia will run, despite political and funding issues for this season’s World Rally Championship finale.
The local council voted against funding for the world championship event, but the financial input from Coffs Harbour was not a dealbreaker for Rally Australia.
“We are told the amount of money is minimal in regard to the whole budget for the event,” said Mahonen. “This is an election year and it seems there is some politics going on. I can confirm that the rally takes place. They are not in danger, it will happen.”
Rally Australia chairman Ben Rainsford said three per cent of the overall budget comes from Coffs and he confirmed a new venue could be sought.
“Moving the event is not the desired solution,” said Rainsford. “But there are alternative locations and there are alternative income streams. This is not the end of Rally Australia.”
Rainsford added that there has been significant and vocal backlash locally against the councillors’ vote.
Oz: no funding issues