Areas around the Coffs Coast of New South Wales that will host this September's Rally Australia have not been affected by the recent disastrous floods reported around the world, organisers have said.
The rally base in the city of Coffs Habour is some 400 kilometres south of the Queensland State capital Brisbane, where much of the worst flooding occurred just over a week ago.
Furthermore although there was some un-associated local flooding due to heavy rain earlier this month in and around the Coffs Coast region, forestry and rural roads on the provisional rally route remain in good condition, Clerk of Course Dr Michelle Gatton confirmed.
“However, while Rally Australia is located a long way from the Queensland floods, we are not untouched by the tragedy,” Gatton added.
“Many rally officials and competitors live in south-east Queensland and either have lost possessions or joined the massive volunteer corps assisting with the clean-up and recovery. The best wishes of all the rally community are with them at this time.”
Rally Australia, round ten of 13 in the 2011 World Rally Champiosnhip, will be staged on September 8-11.