Region loses as Repco Rally relocates
Like many others from around the Kyogle Shire and beyond, I am still reeling over the loss of the Repco Rally Championships from the Northern Rivers.
The relocation of this world class event to Coffs Harbour, a decision announced by the president of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS) Andrew Papadopoulos late last month, is a major blow to our local economy and tourism industry.
An independent report estimated the rally was to inject around $100 million into the regional economy over the 10-year period it was planned to be based here. The report also found around 20,000 visitors travelled to the Northern Rivers region in September 2009 to attend the rally and the event attracted 2,145 international visitors and 12,388 interstate visitors.
I am personally disappointed with CAMS for not having had the courtesy to meet with myself and representatives from the Tweed and Kyogle Shire Councils, both of which had already invested significantly into the event, to address the perceived issues put forward by a small minority of rally protestors.
A final decision however has been made and we must now look to filling the financial and social void this rally will leave with others types of events in its place.
Deb and I had the pleasure of attending the 2010 Kyogle Show, which was held on Friday and Saturday 8 and 9 October. We had a wonderful time on the Saturday attending the official luncheon and opening of the show.
Congratulations to show president Les O'Reilly, secretary Wendy Piggott and their team of committee members for organising another fine event.
As part of Carer's Week, running 17-23 October 2010, I have had the honour of presenting Kyogle's Jennie Richter with a NSW Local Carer Award. The award recognises Jennie's significant contribution to improving the life of her son, as she supports him through sickness to recovery.
Kyogle High School has won a Schools First Award for its work with Kyogle Youth Action and as a result will receive a $50,000 Schools First Impact Award.
Schools First is a national awards program that encourages schools to partner with their community and is based on the view that strong school–community partnerships can make a significant difference to outcomes for your people. Congratulations to all involved on this marvellous achievement.
I shall be visiting Kyogle mid next month so look forward to seeing as many of you as I can. If you would like to arrange a meeting with me whilst I am in town, please call my office on 6621 3624.