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(Event release, 18/6/2013)  BRELSFORD Park, usually a tranquil place just one block from the Coffs Harbour central business district, will be transformed into a bustling hub of activity for spectators and competitors during the Coates Hire Rally Australia FIA World Rally Championship round on 12-15 September.

Rally organisers are progressing well with plans to build a Rally Hub that will combine the nightly ARMOR ALL Super Special Stage, competitors’ Service Park and other facilities in one location.

The Hub will be the focal point of the rally, with team preparations and then competition drawing thousands of people for more than a week.

The ARMOR ALL Super Special Stage will use a former velodrome in Brelsford Park plus a closed section of Park Avenue for a 1.8 kilometre speed test twice on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Cars will compete two-at-a-time against the clock from starting points on opposite sides of the banked track, with spectators enjoying excellent viewing from elevated positions.

Adjacent to the Super Special Stage, in the grounds of the Coffs Harbour Primary School, next to tennis courts on Curacoa Street and on Harbour Drive and Coffs Street, teams will be based in temporary Service Park garages for the length of their visit. A section of Earl Street will be closed also.

A staging point, technical inspection zone, media interview area and a wash-down area also will be located on streets in the Rally Hub precinct.

Coates Hire Rally Australia Event Manager David Catchpole said the creation of a virtual mini-city close to the Coffs Harbour business centre had required substantial planning and consultation.

“We have recently submitted a draft traffic management plan to the police, council and road authorities and begun consultation with local residents and business. All environmental issues also are being addressed,” Mr Catchpole said.

“While there will inevitably be some impact on local traffic and activities, we believe thorough planning will minimise this while the city enjoys the benefits of having thousands of people at this major facility right in its midst, along with the wider economic benefits of hosting the WRC on the Coffs Coast.

“Up to date traffic and transport information will be key to ensuring the smoothest possible operation of the Rally Hub and we will be working closely on this with the NSW Government Transport Management Centre, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Police and the Coffs Harbour City Council.”

For the latest traffic information during the rally, motorists should visit, download Live Traffic NSW for iPhone® and iPad from the App StoreSM, download Live Traffic NSW for AndroidTM from Google Play, or call 132 701.

Public transport information, passengers will be able to go to Transport Info 131500: Transport Info app or call 131500.

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.