PEOPLE FRIENDLY: The Wedding Bells stage of the Coates Hire Rally Australia has proven popular with motorsport fans. TREVOR VEALE
PEOPLE FRIENDLY: The Wedding Bells stage of the Coates Hire Rally Australia has proven popular with motorsport fans. TREVOR VEALE

Final touches go on forest roads for Rally Australia

THE Forestry Corporation of NSW is putting the final touches on the 60km of forest roads that will be used next month during the Coates Hire Rally Australia.

Forestry Corporation's partnerships co-ordinator Justin Black said a large part of the rally is held on forest roads and reminded locals that road closures will be in place during the rally.

"During the rally, drivers traverse around 60km of forest roads in Lower Bucca, Newry, Orara East and Wedding Bells State Forests - which is around half of the rally course," Mr Black said.

"For the community's safety, roads in these state forests will be closed from September 11 to 13 and public access to the forests will be limited.

"We are working closely with Coffs Harbour based contractors Burnett Civil, J & L Bowen and Bucca Pastoral Company to prepare for the event."

Destination NSW Rally Village at Flooded Gums on the Sunday is a key feature of the event, offering unrivalled views of one of the most exciting parts of the course, with the #visitnswforests jump, Hyundai jump and the Coates Hire water splash, as well as food and drinks and excellent views of the action.

Justin said there will be viewing opportunities for the family at Flooded Gums.

"Forestry Corporation will also host a #visitnswforests marquee at Flooded Gums and there will be shaded areas, seating as well as a children's corner, making the day great for families to experience the thrills of a world class event," he said.

The partnerships co-ordinator said the Forestry Corporation's local forests play a major role in the Coffs Coast community.

"The plantation and native regrowth forests that host this event already support a vibrant north coast timber industry and in hosting a significant part of the Coates Hire Rally Australia they're providing yet another boost to the local economy," he said.

"Every year thousands of people visit the region's State forests to view the rally that injects an estimated $14 million into the local economy, and visitors from around the world comment that they are in awe of forest surrounds."

Last year, the State Forests of the Coffs Coast - comprising Orara East, Wedding Bells and Lower Bucca State Forests -won gold in the Specialised Tourism Services category of the North Coast Tourism Awards in recognition of the support they provide to local and regional tourism.



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