Rains­ford: Fund­ing row help­ing event

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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

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