Rainsford: Funding row helping event
Rally Australia chief Ben Rainsford says the recent funding argument has highlighted local support for the event and made his team stronger.
The local council voted not to support the event after concerns were raised about a potential conflict of interest with councillor Steve Mcgrath also sitting on the Rally Australia board. A 4-2 vote against funding the WRC finale was overturned at a meeting in Coffs Harbour last week.
Rainsford said: “With this brief hiatus behind us, we’re clear to put the throttle down on planning and organisation for what will be our best event yet.
“We’ll do so with the strongest possible demonstration of support from the Coffs Coast community, which spoke out against the original decision and turned out in big numbers to see its will acknowledged. Almost nothing is more important than this community support and its emergence like never before is the silver lining in this matter. We’ve actually gained from it.”
Rally Australia runs from November 17-20.
Coffs Harbour row has brought plenty of local attention to event