Jetty Foreshores to be headquarters for world rally

ORGANISERS of September's FIA World Rally Championship event plan to base a spectacular headquarters for competition, entertainment and operations on the Coffs Harbour foreshore.

Rally Australia, round 10 of the WRC on September 12 to 15, has applied to the State Government to use an area between the southern end of the harbour and just north of Marina Drive for its Rally Hub.

The hub would incorporate the competition Super Special Stage on Jordan Esplanade used for the 2011 rally, plus areas to the north for the teams' Service Park (pits), overnight secure car compound (parc ferme), food and merchandise stalls and a stage.

The plans were outlined to executives of Coffs Harbour City Council in a meeting last week.

Rally Australia event manager David Catchpole said the Rally Hub was planned to be the focal point of rally week, where spectators would find action or entertainment at almost any time of day.

"We really want to create a big central attraction in the foreshore and jetty area with plenty of action and atmosphere," Mr Catchpole said.

"The Service Park will be where the fastest rally cars in the world are based, where they return from the Special Stages for regular attention and where you might catch the autograph of a famous international rally driver.

"Entry will be free and spectators will be able to walk between the garages to see team members close-up as they work on the cars in their own race against time.

"In the evening, spectators will be able to walk across the road and purchase a ticket to watch the Super Special Stage competition over three nights."

Mr Catchpole said Rally Australia was fully aware of the environmental issues around the foreshore and jetty and would take steps to mitigate any potential impact of the event.

He said independent surveys conducted before, during and after the 2011 Rally Australia established there had been minimal impact, but the organisation would take further measures to improve its environmental compliance.

Community members are invited to comment on the Rally Hub plan by contacting Rally Australia:

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