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Bushfires cause cancellation of Rally Australia World Championship event

Bushfires cause cancellation of Rally Australia World Championship event
November 12, 2019

Serious bushfires throughout much of northern NSW have caused the cancellation of Kennards Hire Rally Australia, including the final round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship which were to be held on the Coffs Coast.

Organisers announced the cancellation today after extensive consultation with the NSW Government, the international motor sports governing body FIA, emergency services and the local community.

NSW is experiencing its worst ever bushfire conditions resulting in the declaration of a State of Emergency, a statewide total fire ban and conditions in some regions classified as “catastrophic”.

Event Chairman Andrew Papadopoulos noted the cancellation was the only course available, considering the safety of the more than 1000 people involved as officials, competitors and in support roles.

Papadopoulos advised that “considering the best interests and safety of everyone involved in the rally, and of course the wider community, it is not appropriate to conduct the rally.

“Our thoughts are with the NSW community, especially the people who have lost loved ones, livelihoods and homes as a result of the fires in northern NSW, and we thank the Rally community for your support and understanding.”

Ticketholders, officials, volunteers and the community can contact Rally Australia for more information at 02 6648 4972 or email: services@rallyaustralia.com.au

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