Millions of viewers across the world will be able to see the Coffs Coast region showcased as a beautiful destination when the Australian stage of the World Rally Championship is held in Coffs Harbour from 8-11th September later this year.
The momentum has been slowly building since the announcement was made back in September 2010.
Expected to bring around $15 million into the local economy, and be watched by 53 million viewers worldwide, the Coffs Harbour stage of the World Rally Championships is one of the biggest events to be held in our region in recent years.
“It is a major event which will put Coffs Harbour on the map worldwide,” Mr Fraser said. “I congratulate Michael Masi and the Rally Australia team for doing a fantastic job.”
The rally routes announced earlier this week include the Jetty Foreshores, where the event will start and finish, the historic mountain town of Ulong, and the beautiful state forests of Lower Bucca, Upper Corindi and the Nambucca Valley.
Already hundreds of volunteers have already signed up to help out at the event, and it is promising to be a fantastic few days for local spectators, businesses and the thousands of visitors expected to flock to the area.
Local rally driver Nathan Quinn, Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser and WRC driver Chris Atkinson in Coffs Harbour for the launch of the rally routes on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Rogers