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As one of the original architects of the proposed Byron Shire events policy, but speaking this time as an individual and not representing any group, I have to voice some sympathy for Peter Noble and his fears about the policy.

In the end it should really come down to a negotiated agreement between the Bluesfest promoters and the local Tyagarah residents as to the size and quantity of festivals and events that could be held at the Tyagarah site. Peter has effectively sat down in their living room and started blowing his trumpet so he should respect their tolerance levels.

The council on the other hand has the unenviable task of trying to formulate a policy that has legal teeth. Somewhere in the middle there has to be found a solution that respects the tolerance limits of local residents while ensuring that Peter and his Bluesfest are paid due respect for not running cap-in-hand to the state government to override council and enabling him to run a profitable venture.

A clause that would give power to a residential group negotiating additions above the two-policy event that includes one-day mega-events would be a sensible solution.

 

Mac Nicolson, North Ocean Shores


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