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Bluesfest director Peter Noble says he has close to 10,000 signatures on a petition against the current Byron Council events policy, that will  be tabled in state parliament.

Mr Noble claims that ‘the best part of 2,000 of the signatures’ are Byron Shire residents.

It comes in the week that Fairfax media reported that promoter Michael Chugg’s plans for an Elton John concert at Noble’s Tyagarah property was shelved because of the contentious policy.

The issue arose after the North Byron Parklands event site, which plans to host next year’s Splendour In The Grass, was granted a five-year trial period from the state government. That decision effectively excludes North Byron Parklands from operating under Council policy, unlike Mr Noble’s Tyagarah tea tree farm.

‘I believe that the ability to attend a one-day concert by artists such as Elton John, which is enjoyed at outdoor venues all over Australia, such as wineries, racetracks, dedicated venues and parks and gardens is something the council must address. There are issues of discrimination against live music in the current policy, and social justice issues of access to culture that are being ignored by a number of our councillors.’

The policy will be voted on again at the upcoming Council meeting this Thursday. Council staff have recommended ending the current restriction on the number of major music events to two per year.

Mr Noble has flagged he will consider going to the state government if the council decision goes against him.

‘The message Thursday, if the vote places my company in a significantly disadvantaged situation to our aspirations, will be clear: and it is that we should also have gone to the state government in the first place. And based on what occurs, that is exactly what we will be making a decision on doing regarding our right to trade responsibly in the arts in Byron Shire,’ he said in a media release this morning.

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  1. Mr Noble has a conveniently short memory. He agreed to abide by Council’s original DA Approval requirements- I believe for 12 years- which plainly set forth the ‘Two Major Events Per Year’ he is now crying ‘Foul’ over.

    If he wasn’t satisfied when Council approved his DA with these provisions he should not have gone along with the decision then sauntered out of Council Chambers to then complain to the press about the two event limit and publicly state he would not abide by the limits imposed.

    If everyone who did not like a Council ruling behaved like this, then what would be the point in even lodging a DA request?

    His DA was judged on the merits and drawbacks of his private enterprise, and if he saw fit to go to Council in the first place, he obviously did so knowing this was the correct procedure.

    Now that he doesn’t like the outcome, he wants someone else to void Council’s decision.
    This is just bad behaviour and bullying and sets a poor example for this person who trumpets the Bluesfest as an ‘Iconic Event’… well, i’d save the classification of an ‘Iconic Event’ for the Second Coming of Jesus or similar…but a group of mostly ‘retread’ – ‘ has been’ musicians playing in a usually muddy paddock? Iconic….hmmmm…..

  2. how many of his signatures are living in Byron shire?? how many of his signatures know and understand that so many people in one place put a huge stress on poor infrastructure on poor Byron shire?
    Peter Nobel is able to get his way$$$$$ regardless of what Byron shire unable to cope with so many people….

  3. What case does this council have? They approved this site, which is run with respect and care to the environment and now they are simply being ridiculous. Environmental issues INCLUDE the ‘human’ environment and this includes making our lives richer and happier and being able to go to such concerts so close to an isolated regional town like Byron is a gift-horse we should relish.
    This council is a mess! And it’s as much the responsibility of the General Manager as it is anyones to quit the costly waste of our rates money on stupid legal challenges that ultimately benefit no-one.


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