Rally Australia has been cleared to go ahead next week after an injunction filed against the event was rejected by Sydney's Federal Court.
Katie Milne, a local councilman from Tweed Shire – the area in which Rally Australia is held – made the attempt to stop the event from taking place on environmental and ecological grounds. Rally Australia organizer Garry Connelly produced more than 700 pages of reports to clarify that the event conforms with environmental regulations, leading the court to rule that the protest was "without merit."
"We have always complied with all laws and have spent a lot of time and effort to achieve the highest environmental standards," said Connelly.
Next week's 10th round of the WRC – the first in Australia since 2006 – will go ahead as planned, although organizers are expecting protests to be held. New South Wales police has drafted in extra personnel to ensure any demonstrations are peaceful.