The Otago Peninsula Community Board is backing the Targa
South Island rally despite some resident opposition to the
closure of Highcliff Rd.
This comes after the proposed closure of the road - which is
part of the route in October for the first Targa rally in the
South Island - divided opinions of Otago Peninsula residents
who live in and close to the route.
While not completely happy with how Targa organisers had
carried out consultation on the closure, the community board
yesterday unanimously voted in favour of the Dunedin City
Council approving consent for the road closure when it
considers the issue next week.
Board member Lox Kellas said there was no reason to be
concerned about the closure, which was taking place on a
weekday morning when most people would be at work.
''I think there is nothing wrong with it. They are using
classic cars with a safety plan and a traffic management
''[Targa New Zealand] is a professional organisation ... and
I think it's an opportunity for Otago Peninsula to be exposed
to the wider world,'' Mr Kellas said.
Hoani Langsbury said he had spoken to local farmers and been
told ''there isn't going to be any issue'' if the road was
There were also no worries about safety.
''These people have restored these vehicles. They are almost
like their children. They are not going to be putting their
vehicles at risk by driving in the same manner as if it was
part of the World Rally Championships.''
Both Paul Pope and chairwoman Christine Garey said they were
disappointed Targa organisers had not gone through the
community board, saying they would likely have had a smoother
time if they had consulted the board.
The vote came after residents opposed to the closure - from
9am-1.30pm on Thursday, October 30 - expressed concerns about
being unable to access their properties, noise and exhaust
fumes from the event and the ''arrogance of organisers''.
Earlier at the meeting, council acting transportation group
manager Jon Visser said it had been happy with the level of
consultation, which involved Targa door-knocking residents
along the various routes.
Council transportation technical officer Michael Tannock said
there had been no complaints from residents about the other
two Dunedin stages, which were on Mt Cargill and along George
King Memorial Dr, Outram.
Councillors will vote on Monday whether to approve the road