WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TO BOOST MERWILLUMBAH AND KYOGLE ECONOMIES
World Rally Championship to boost Murwillumbah and Kyogle economies
10 September 2008
“…great news for local small businesses and motoring enthusiasts alike…”
Lismore Nationals MP Thomas George has welcomed a new deal between the NSW Government and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile which will bring the World Rally Championship to Kyogle and Murwillumbah starting next year.
“With Speed on Tweed perhaps occurring for the last time in Murwillumbah next week, this is great news for local small businesses and motoring enthusiasts alike,” Mr George said.
Under the agreement stages will be held every second year from 2009 through to 2011. The first event will be held from 3 to 6 September 2009. Organisers claim the deal will generate $100 million over the life of the agreement.
Mr George said there was no doubt hosting the World Rally Championship locally would drive tourism, create jobs and deliver major economic benefits to the community.
“It is also a great way of promoting the region from a tourism perspective as each round attracts a worldwide television viewing audience of over 50 million people,” Mr George said.
There are provisionally 16 competition stages in the Kyogle, Murwillumbah and Mullumbimby areas.