STATE FOREST ROADS GET FINAL TOUCHES BEFORE RALLY

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STATE FOREST ROADS GET FINAL TOUCHES BEFORE RALLY

THE Forestry Corporation of NSW is putting the final touches on the 200 kilometres of forest roads that will be used during the three-day Coates Hire Rally Australia on the Coffs Coast next week.

Forestry Corporation’s Partnerships Coordinator Justin Black said the majority of the rally is held on forest roads and reminded locals that road closures will be in place during the rally weekend.

“Drivers traverse more than 200 kilometres of forest roads in Bagawa, Lower Bucca, Nana Creek, Newry, Orara East, Pine Creek, Tarkeeth, Tuckers Nob and Wedding Bells State Forests during the three-day rally – which is around two thirds of the rally course,” Mr Black said.

“Our staff and local contractors are currently busily working to ensure forest roads are in good condition for the rally. The water crossing at the Flooded Gums spectator area in Wedding Bells State Forest needed a bit of work following recent rain, but it is now ready for what will be an exciting part of the course.

“If you haven’t been to the Flooded Gum spectator area it is worth a look. It offers unrivalled views of one of the most exciting parts of the course, with the Hyundai jump and a water crossing, as well as food and drinks and excellent views over much of the Wedding Bells stage.

“The plantation and native regrowth forests that host this event already support a vibrant north coast timber industry and in hosting a significant part of the Coates Hire Rally Australia they’re providing yet another boost to the local economy.

“Last year, thousands of people visited the region’s State forests to view the rally, which injected an estimated $9 million into the local economy, and visitors from around the world were singing the forests’ praises.

“In fact, the State Forests of the Coffs Coast – comprising Orara East, Wedding Bells and Lower Bucca State Forests – recently won gold in the Specialised Tourism Services category of the North Coast Tourism Awards in recognition of the support they provide to local and regional tourism.”

For more information about visiting NSW State Forests, visit www.forestrycorporation.com.au.

For information about road closures and traffic conditions go to www.livetraffic.com or phone 132 701.

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.