The communities affected by the North Byron Parklands festival site at Yelgun were heartened by a recent Byron Greens motion to oppose the application to modify the approval and its removal of residents’ rights. By voting to oppose the modification, Greens members recognised the flaws involved in allowing changes in the trial approval now and the impact they would have, both on the community and the functioning of the wildlife corridor.
The changes recommended by the Department of Planning and Environment effectively take away the existing rights of residents to seek attenuation if they live outside a one-kilometre radius from the site. To remove these rights at the same time the department recommends to approve noise limits that would be twice as loud at night as those applied to Splendour in the Grass when it was held at Woodford beggars belief.
Thanks to the Byron Greens who are standing up for the community on this. Thank you also for the positive action in affirming that this trial approval needs to be able to run its course without weakening conditions and let the results inform how the wildlife corridor can best be managed for the future.
Bob Oehlman, president, Conservation of North Ocean Shores