A spokesperson for Northern Rivers Guardians says the Coffs Harbour World Rally Championship is a proven waste of money.
Researchers from Southern Cross University found the only real beneficiaries of the Rally were Coffs Harbour accommodation providers.
The Rally is reported to have generated $460,000, far short of the $2 million the state government spends attracting and preparing for the event.
Guardians spokesperson Michael McNamara said Western Australia made the right decision in dropping the event.
‘Ministers over there were very concerned that in terms of a return per dollar invested, it was one of the worst returns the state ever saw,’ he told ABC radio this morning.
Australia’s first rally ran in Perth. It later ran in the Tweed to great protest and in 2009 was picked up by Coffs Harbour.