FEARS that the NSW Government is about to override council planning powers to approve the world championship car rally heightened yesterday as hundreds of protesters marched against the event.
At the same time concerns were raised that if the rally was approved, future
protest actions could disrupt it as objectors took matters into their own
Police escorted about 300 protesters, some in cardboard mock-ups of rally cars and some dressed as koalas, wallabies or other animals which they said would be put at risk by rally cars on rural roads, through Murwillumbah.
Outside the Tweed Shire Council chambers anti-rally speakers addressed the
crowd on environmental and other concerns.
Byron-based NSW Greens Party Upper House member Ian Cohen said he was worried the government could override council planning powers to approve the event which it has promised the help fund.
- from "Protestors ready for long fight" in the Tweed Daily News of 28 May 09.