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Coffs Harbour World Car Rally Not Granted Social Licence

Environment Groups have refused to issue the Coffs Harbour leg of the World Rally with a social licence.

A Social Licence is based on the beliefs, perceptions and opinions of the community and other stakeholders. (For further definition see for example; http:/socialicense.com/definition.html)

The North Coast Environment Council has rated the rally on a number of social, environmental and economic criteria and judged that it does not stack up.

“The Rally Australia organisers will have to improve the performance of the rally planning and production to hope to achieve a Social Licence if the rally returns in two years’ time,” according to the environmental group spokesperson, Jim Morrison.

Mr Morrison provided a summary of the Social License assessment below:


1. Prices: Are the prices to attend ‘family friendly”?

No: Tickets for the jetty stages are $30 per adult and $20 per child per night making the charge $100 for a family of four and well above costs of comparable entertainment.

2. Use of Volunteers: Are volunteers used predominantly for social welfare purposes or to reduce management costs?

No: Volunteers are predominantly being used on tasks to replace otherwise paid labour.

Few volunteers involved in social welfare roles such as environmental repair or making rally accessible to people with limited mobility.

3. Does the Rally attract the majority of participants in the industry?

No: Only two major manufacturers (Ford and Citroen) have teams participating.



1. Is the rally independent of substantial Government subsidies?

No: Rally is receiving major direct and indirect sponsorship from the State Government and Coffs Harbour City Council and affiliated bodies.

2. Has the Rally attracted appropriate level of corporate sponsorship?

No: The Rally has no naming rights sponsor and a lack of sponsors outside a number of local businesses.



1. Has the Rally obeyed the letter and spirit of state and federal environmental laws?

No: Rally organisers used exemption from state planning and environmental laws to avoid spirit and intent of the legislation most individuals and corporations are bound by.

2. Has the Rally released environmental studies undertaken for public review prior to Rally?

No: No documents released to date for public review. NCEC finally got a look at the finished document on Thursday, September 1.

3. Has the Rally been flexible to avoid environmental threats?

No: For example, Rally organisers unresponsive to community suggestions to avoid or mitigate impacts in the State Park at the Coffs Jetty.



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