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May 14, 2021

Not-so splendid at Sunrise

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Creative carbon capture

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When I heard that Splendour was returning to Byron this year my first thought was, great – another weekend of loud, foul-mouthed drunks (some of the boys are just as bad) roaming the streets of Sunrise and keeping me awake. Another weekend of people trying to wander through my backyard or attempting to steal the alloy wheels off my car and generally turning the place into a rubbish tip. All this whilst they were supposedly camped on-site!

Imagine my joy to discover this year that Splendour’s patrons will not be accommodated on-site but rather will be camping diagonally opposite at North Beach. Not just small groups of people but thousands (more than the total population of Byron) moving daily through the Sunrise Estate and the older parts of the Arts & Industry Park at any and all hours of the day and night!

It appears I’m to feel reassured that the Splendour patrons are being directed along Bayshore Drive to the camping grounds, Splendour conveniently providing a map that shows all the roads in both Sunrise and the A & I Park. Of course all will follow this longest route between the venue and camping grounds, via Bayshore Drive, and steer well clear of the residential area.

I wonder about the impact of thousands of people on the wildlife (mainly ducks and wallabies) that inhabits the North Beach site, not to mention the birdlife sanctuary on the beach adjacent to the camping area.

Peter B Roberts, Byron Bay

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