After all the submissions and two public meetings before commissioners of the Planning Department, also a previous Land & Environment Court ruling against the proposal by Splendour in the Grass consortium, the commissioners gave the go-ahead.
I spoke at the first meeting at Byron Bay against the Splendour proposal on the grounds that if this proposal got approval then not only would Splendour consortium but the National Parks & Wildlife Service would be breaking the law.
Under the current legislation the wildlife corridor, 7K Habitat zones and Billinudgel Nature Reserve are all protected, including any Indigenous heritage significance, but not according to the Planning Department, NPWS and Splendour consortium.
Splendour’s plan is to bulldoze a tunnel through the wildlife corridor so they can ferry their punters from Yelgun flats (their car park for punters) over to the actual festival site, thus destroying the wildlife corridor and any Indigenous heritage significance.
Splendour consortium don’t care about the threatened flora and fauna at Yelgun, and it appears neither does NPWS, whose mandate is to protect all flora and fauna under their protection by legislation. This letter is written in anger and disgust at what’s to happen at Yelgun.