Jetty traders supporting the Rally are (from left) Scruffy Mullet (Andrew Smith), Crusty Mullet (Greg Softley), Justin Squires, Pinkie the Hog’s Breath mascot, Lyn Malcolm, and Kim Towner.
Jetty traders supporting the Rally are (from left) Scruffy Mullet (Andrew Smith), Crusty Mullet (Greg Softley), Justin Squires, Pinkie the Hog’s Breath mascot, Lyn Malcolm, and Kim Towner. Leigh Jensen

Rally Special a carnival ride

THE Jetty Strip will become a carnival and entertainment hub during the Super Special Stage of Rally Australia.

Jetty business owners are gearing up for the thousands of hungry spectators expected at the Jetty on the nights of September 8-10, when live entertainment and bands, markets and food will be the central focus.

Parts of the Jetty precinct, including the Jetty Village Shopping Centre and restaurant strip, will be a pedestrian-only zone from 3pm until late each day.

“It’s about Coffs Harbour putting on a good show so we can cater for visitors and locals during this event, but also prove that Coffs Harbour is the right choice for the World Rally and that it will return in 2013 (next year it goes to New Zealand),” said The Jetty Business Group member Greg Softley.

“The World Rally has handed the opportunity to local businesses to be able to cater for the needs of the people – we are right on the doorstep of the Super Special Stage which will run along Jordan

Esplanade to the Deep Sea Fishing Club.

“I would expect Jetty businesses would alter their menus and service to cater for as many people as possible.

“We have picked up the baton to provide a free entertainment venue for visitors and locals.”

Mr Softley said Rally organisers would have refreshments, merchandise and catering at the eastern side of the railway but the restaurant strip and Jetty Village Shopping Centre would be the main focus for food and entertainment during the three evenings.

“Planned for the Jetty Village is to convert the top car park as an entertainment and food area and the undercover basement car park as a market area,” Mr Softley said.

“Live music and performances from a stage adjacent to the Jetty Strip for three full nights, special lighting and roadside illuminated signs should make the Jetty Village a focal point for visitors.

“Being strategically placed at the entrance to the Jetty area, we expect to draw a substantial crowd and also enhance the whole carnival atmosphere of the Jetty precinct over those three evenings.”

Mr Softley said special parking arrangements at the Jetty were being planned to cope with the extra traffic.

The Jetty Business Group wants to hear from local traders keen to be involved in the carnival extravaganza.

For more information, contact Mr Softley on 6651 6988.



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