An online petition has been started following the NSW state government passing 'special events' legislation to enable Repco Rally Australia to go ahead. Access the petition at www.petitiononline.com/NRG01e/petition.html The 'special events' legislation introduced by the government continues a disturbing trend in NSW that disenfranchises local communities and overrides state laws designed to protect the environment and the interests of those same local communities. The Motor Sports (World Rally Championship) Bill 2009 overrides the provisions of numerous state laws including: - Environmental Protection and Assessment Act - National Parks and Wildlife Act - Water Management Act - Fisheries Act - Local Government Act - Roads and Traffic Act - Crown Lands Act. The legislation gives legal exemption to the organisers (and local authorities acting in support of the rally) for breaches of various state laws and immunity from civil action by aggrieved local residents. This law is appalling and must be opposed. What you can do: - Sign the petition and encourage everyone you know to sign it. - Publicise the petition (and the issues) on any social networking sites to which you belong. - Raise the issues in any groups of which you are a member.