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The Goldrush Rally is back again to grind some more dirt on new roads in the Coromandel in August.

The competition is into its third year running and this time the racing action will be around a new route in North Coromandel.

"This year’s event is going to be really special with New Zealand and World Rally motorsport icon Hayden Paddon racing on Coromandel roads that were last used for rallying during the 1979 International Motogard Rally of NZ,” says Rally spokesperson Blair Read.

The event is expected to have more than 60 rally cars competing in round six of the 2017 Brian Green Property Group NZ Rally Championship

The forestry roads that have been used in previous years were unavailable this year due to harvesting.

This means road closures will be put in place for several hours around the Colville-Coromandel on Saturday 26 August.

Rally NZ organisers and Thames-Coromandel District Council staff are starting to meet with residents, ratepayers and businesses to discuss the plans.

There will also be letter drops, posters, public notices, road signage and on-site meetings for the members of the public.

A public meeting will be held at the Colville Hall for anyone to attend on Wednesday, July 5 at 6pm.

"We want to thank the people of the Coromandel for their support of our event over the past few years. Our drivers love coming to this part of the country because the Coromandel offers such exceptional scenery, great roads to race on and the people are friendly and hospitable."

The Mercury Bay Multi-Sports Park in Whitianga will be Rally Headquarters for the weekend.

Spectators are welcome to come and view the cars and crews up close as they come in for servicing, before heading into the Whitianga Town Centre for the ceremonial finish later in the afternoon.

Proposed Road Closures:

Driving Creek Road, Kennedy Bay Road, Tuateawa Road, Waikawau Road and Port Charles Road Driving Creek Road from House 806 Kennedy Bay Road

Tuateawa Road Waikawai Beach Road Port Charles Road to the intersection of Port Jackson and Colville Roads At this road two periods of road closures are requested:- 7:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 5:15pm

Tapu Coroglen Road From House number 436 Tapu Coroglen Road to the intersection of SH 25 The period of the closure: 9:30am to 3:30pm

309 Road From Whitianga end, house 1715 to the Waterworks Gate The period of the closure: 10:00am to 4:45pm

Joan Gaskell Drive From the intersection of SH25 to the intersection with Kupe Dr The period of the closure: 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Blacksmith Lane From the intersection of Albert Street to The Esplanade The period of the closure: 3:00pm to 7:30pm


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