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Safety the priority after WRC Australian Rally cancellation

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Published on November 13, 2019 - Duration: 02:57s

Safety the priority after WRC Australian Rally cancellation

Devastating bush fires near the Coffs Harbour-based event prove too risky, Australian Rally organisers say.

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Safety the priority after WRC Australian Rally cancellation

COMPLETE SHOTLIST TO FOLLOW VIDEO SHOWS: SOUNDBITES FROM WRC AUSTRALIAN RALLY ORGANISERS AND DRIVERS AFTER THE FINAL LEG OF THE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP IN NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA WAS CANCELLED ON TUESDAY DUE TO THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH FIRES SHOWS: VARIOUS, AUSTRALIA (NOVEMBER 13, 2019) (WRC - SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE) STORY: The Rally of Australia was cancelled on Tuesday (November 12) due to the threat of bushfires near the Coffs Harbour-based event in eastern New South Wales (NSW) state.

Organisers had planned to run the season-ending Nov.14-17 event with a dramatically shorter route but ultimately decided the risks were too high.

Bushfires are a common and deadly threat in Australia's hot, dry summers, but the current severe outbreak - across several parts of NSW and Queensland states, as well as Sydney - weeks before the summer peak, has caught many by surprise.

(Production: Stefan Haskins)

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