CHCC general manager Steve McGrath at the civic reception welcoming drivers and crews to this year's Rally Australia event.
CHCC general manager Steve McGrath at the civic reception welcoming drivers and crews to this year's Rally Australia event. Trevor Veale

Tick from CHCC starts countdown to WRC Rally Australia 2015

COFFS Harbour City Council will be a sponsor of Rally Australia events in 2015.

Councillors at this week's meeting adopted a recommendation to continue sponsorship of the Australian round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) and a round of the Australian Off Road Championship (AORC) that have been organised by Rally Australia since 2011.

"Major sporting events, including spectator events, continue to be an important economic driver for regional areas," general manager Steve McGrath said.

"Competition for these events continues to be strong."

Next year's event is proposing to again use Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park as the main venue with the precinct hosting the service centre and entertainment.

Rally Australia has estimated that as a result of events on the Coffs Coast in 2014, the spend was $9.1 million with an economic benefit of $13.8 million.

In 2013, the event saw 13,000 visitors, not to mention the worldwide television audience of 28.21 million.

This year, the television audience increased to 46.34 million.

Organisers also hope to provide street-based events in partnership with CHCC to increase engagement with the business and resident communities.

These would be held over the three nights of the rally event period at different locations.



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