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RALLY Australia, to be held at Langley Park and locations around Perth from November 9-12, is expected to generate a $20 million economic impact for WA this year.

Rally Australia executive director Don McGrath said many WA small businesses benefited from the event.

AKA Stage and Seating managing director Ron Eley said the rally was the “jewel in the crown” of his business that supplies temporary grandstands which accommodate 7,500 people.

“Rally Australia is an integral part of our business as it’s the biggest annual event in Perth,” Mr Eley said.

“Our involvement with it helped us win several contracts at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.”

Cockburn Wreckair has been involved for 12 years.

It supplies portable buildings including offices, accommodation and toilets.

The company also meets most of the Langley Park power needs and supplies lighting to the event’s other locations.

Cockburn Wreckair event manager Colin Quinn said the event was a great marketing exercise for the company.

“We host a corporate hospitality villa which is very successful from a business perspective,” he said.

“Rally Australia is the biggest annual event in Perth.”

– Ron Eley

Reece Hire and Structure is contracted to supply marquees and tents covering 9,000 square metres.

It also provides 2,000 chairs and 1,000 tables for the event.

Reece managing director Jonathon Sandford said the rally was vital for his business.

Speculation that the rally would follow the Heineken Golf Classic to Victoria appears to have been laid to rest.

The Heineken-sponsored event will tee off for the last time at the Vines on February 4.

Mr McGrath said Perth’s contract to host the event for another three years had been ratified by the sport’s governing body.

WA has kept a round of the V8 Supercars competition at Barbagallo Raceway for 2001 following fears it would be lost to the State. The V8s will race there on June 23-24.

WA has secured the right to hold the Davis Cup tie between Australia and Ecuador at the Royal Kings Park Tennis Club on February 9-11.

The Government is also negotiating to host a new international golf event worth more than $1 million.

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