Richmond Valley Council has granted a five year development approval to the Rabbits Eat Lettuce outdoor dance festival.
The festival will be held on a 3,000 acre private property, surrounded by forests, mountains and sandstone cliffs, about 50 kilometres south west of Casino.
The four day festival will run 24-hours a day, with music, workshops and yoga on the Easter long weekend.
Festival organiser Mr Eric Mycle Lamir-Pike said the site at Kiddendaff would be developed into a ‘world class outdoor entertainment venue’ over the next five years.
‘This year we’re investing almost $400,000 to bring a host of international and Australian national artists to the festival, and to establish stage 1 of the venue infrastructure,’ he said.
‘In addition to providing a great four-day camping holiday with non-stop entertainment the REL Village will provide wholesome food and beverages and a colourful festive atmosphere.
He said the festival would also act as a Small Business Incubator, providing a venue and market for scores of small businesses to establish, develop and grow their enterprise.
‘We expect the Richmond Valley/Casino economy will get a significant boost as unto 3,000 visitors will arrive from all over Australia, with some guests coming from New Zealand and California,’ he said.