A planned three day music festival two hours from Byron Bay is in doubt after Richmond Valley Council obtained court orders prohibiting the event.
Richmond Valley Council chief executive John Walker said the council had obtained NSW Land & Environment Court orders prohibiting the planned three day “Indigo Evolution New Year’s Eve Arts & Music Festival” from being held at Busbys Flat.
Mr Walker said in a statement: “We are concerned for the health and safety of the party goers and for road users in our local area if this event goes ahead’.
‘The organisers have neither sought nor obtained approval from Council and the police have raised safety concerns in regards to a dam that has been constructed on the property’.
Mr Walker said a previous application for an event at the property was refused ‘due to the high risk posed from bush fires and concerns from the police. Unfortunately that event went ahead and police arrested a substantial number of party goers for drug driving’.
‘Council is not opposed to music festivals but need to be confident they are going to be conducted in a safe manner,’ he said.
Mr Walker warned that people attending the festival may be in breach of the court orders and in contempt of court.
‘Council intends to follow through with court action should the event occur,’ he said.