Cost of road repairs remains an issue

With a shortfall of some $110,000 from Rally Australia on the cost of repairing roads in the wake of last year’s World Championship Rally, Nambucca Shire Council is looking elsewhere for funds. 

“We will now make representations to Destination NSW and the Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, to see if we can get some recompense that way … we don’t want to take money off Rally Australia,” the council’s General Manager Michael Coulter said.

The Guardian approached the Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, yesterday to get his thoughts on the financial conundrum, which taken to its extreme conclusion, could see the council withdraw its support of the rally.

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser

Mr Fraser said there would always be road damage from the rally.

He suggested perhaps a way around the problem was for the council to liaise with Rally Australia regarding their road maintenance schedule prior to the event.

“We want a positive outcome here because I know how much local businesses appreciate and benefit from the rally,” Mr Fraser said.