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Last year (August 08) Commonwealth Ministers Peter Garrett
(Environment) and Martin Ferguson (Tourism) visited our region to declare us to be of national significance - beloved
of all because of our unique landscape!
We were incorporated into the National Landscapes Program as
"The Green Cauldron", along with Uluru
and Kakadu and 14 other areas across Australia recognised for their iconic
landscapes. They spoke in glowing terms of our "rich biodiversity"
and of the potential benefit to the area through "soft footprint . . .
eco-tourism". They also acknowledged the cultural heritage of this
region supporting "a
greater appreciation of Indigenous community and understanding of culture".
Then a month
later (Sept 09) their state counterparts got down to the serious business.
They announced the result of two years of secret negotiations between
Events NSW (A company wholly owned by the Confederation of Australian
Motor Sports (CAMS).
leg of The World Rally Championship - Repco Rally Australia, was to find a
new home in The Northern Rivers