Rally meet on tonight

THERE'S an age-old saying – be prepared.

And when it comes to the Australian leg of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship, organisers are leaving absolutely nothing to chance.

With roadways and gravel tracks in the Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley regions set to feature prominently in the rally, which will run from September 8-11, Rally Australia officials are holding a public meeting tonight at the Cathedral room in Duke St to brief local residents, community members and businesses about the upcoming event.

With more than 80 racing teams, up to 20,000 visitors and event organisers set to arrive in the local area later this year, the Grafton Chamber of Commerce and Industry continues to work closely with Clarence Valley Council, Clarence River Tourism board and local businesses to develop strategic business plans to attract economic benefits for Grafton during the rally.

Grafton Chamber of Commerce executive officer James Patterson encouraged people to attend tonight's meeting.

“We want as many locals to be involved with this event as possible because the rally presents us with fantastic business opportunities,” he said.

In addition, the chamber will be working with local businesses and community groups to develop a range of activities, events and attractions to add value to the visitors' experience of the rally in our local area.

Tonight's meeting begins at 5.30pm.

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