The organisers and architects for the world motor rally in the Tweed/Kyogle shires promised a lot. It seems a bit unfair the broadcasters and key stakeholders reaped a lot of advertising dollars that never filtered down to the community that hosted the event as promised.
I support safety training and am not sure what happens behind the scenes during these negotiations. It just doesn’t seem equitable for the use of national parks, public land and roads. Not to mention the stress it caused a lot of locals that cared for the animals in the national parks that could have been and were affected by the race.
I did this short film on the event. I ‘played Switzerland’ and interviewed people both for and against the ‘Rally in the Valley’. All but one person was opposed to racing in national parks. Events, sporting, arts and music are great. We just really need to consider the neighbours, us and the native animals in deciding where events such as this are appropriate.