ULONG residents have turned out in force for the launch of the village’s new entry statement.
The statement, unveiled on Wednesday in time for the World Rally Championship, includes a massive tallowwood log donated by sawmiller Doug Rhodes, carved by craftsman Rob Schipp, and backed by a landscaped garden at the intersection of Eastern Dorrigo Way and Pine Ave.
Ulong township will have a refuelling and tyre-changing station at Ulong Hall for the rally drivers, while spectators and crew will pass through Lowanna.
Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades was on hand with a pair of (appropriately timber) giant scissors to snip the red ribbon and a posse of excited Ulong Public School children were on hand to keep the chequered flags in motion.
The project has been supported by the Eastern Dorrigo community group and Coffs Harbour City Council, which provided both equipment and materials.
The World Rally Championship event will make its way to the Eastern Dorrigo on September 9, with competitive stages on back roads between Ulong and Cascade; between the Orara Way and Nana Creek State Forest and between Megan and Ulong.