Parliamentarians shown economic value of WRC Coffs Rally
THE FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) event on the Coffs Coast has been used to demonstrate the benefits of motor sport and its contribution to the economy.
Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, said the Parliamentary Friends of Motoring were provided with a special briefing by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS) and Rally Australia.
"It was great to see the Coffs Coast being a central feature of the presentation, with video footage of the event which has been seen around the world of both the region and this first class event," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"This leg of the WRC is a huge event for the area and provides a significant boost to the local economy, with a large influx of visitors coming to be a part of the action."
Motor sport in Australia contributes around $2.7 billion to the economy.
CAMS chief executive Eugene Arocca said coming to Canberra to address parliamentarians was an effective way to inform key decision makers about the significance of motor sport.
He said CAMS would love to build a centre of excellence which would provide a motor sport base, a training facility and a training base for competitors from other countries.
"We have to continue to strive and drive CAMS and Australian motor sport forward," he said.
Colin Trinder from Rally Australia discussed the benefits of the WRC as a major sporting and tourism event, showcasing the Coffs Coast with a special emphasis on tourism.