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May 18, 2021

Losing our festival sanity

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Coalition For Festival Sanity would like to inform all residents of Byron Shire that Splendour in the Grass will have around 17,500 punters with 1,500 staff as well as other relevant authorities such as police and fire etc, so around 20,000 people a day.

Events will run from Thursday 11am till midnight, Fri–Sat 11am till 2am and Sunday 11am till midnight.

Also, all sewage will be going into the Byron treatment works so let’s hope we don’t have any more rain.

Remember that figure of 17,500 and the issues that may arise this year, for next year Splendour has approval from the NSW government for a festival that will accommodate 25,000 plus events staff.

Police have already voiced their concerns about people vacating the festival and wanting to continue to party on in the Byron venues, then return home to their camping grounds or into the quiet streets of Byron and surrounding villages until 2am.

Remembering also that we have just been reported as being the worst in NSW for alcohol-fuelled violence, a sad but sorry situation.

Enjoy it, as next year you’ll have a situation where buses supplied by Splendour will be transporting punters from Yelgun, into Byron and outlying communities, at all hours of the morning.

As we have now been made a ‘party central’ shire with two large consortium promoters and all that brings with it, we had better get ready for this to be an ongoing situation, in one of the smallest shires in the state with a rate base of 14,500 approx.

We also have Peter Noble (East Coast Bluesfest) currently applying to council for a permanent consent with no expiry.

With all this going on, it should be noted that nothing comes back to the community in the way of section 94 contributions. We are footing the bill for these mega-festivals. Thanks to planning minister Brad Hazzard we find ourselves in a sad situation and I hope when he starts receiving phone calls in the middle of the night from Byron residents, he will start to understand what has happened to a shire that is renowned for its environment, as this is only the beginning. So fasten your seatbelt, Byron, for we are in for the ride of our lives.

Coalition for Festival Sanity


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  1. Yep the greed is good mentlaity outweighs sanity, reason and justice and the rights of residents. I suggest we do all we can to make these festival goers feel as unwelcome as possible.

  2. This is truly greedy madness. It is as if no one understands why we live where we do.
    South golden beach

  3. Oh for God’s sake GET A LIFE you bloody whingers. You should be grateful to have such a range of entertainment on your doorstep. The shit running into the treatment works isn’t a patch on the shit that pours out of your mouths. Go live somewhere else – like on a deserted island – if you want to be so selfish and culturally sterile. I’m THRILLED to have The Writer’s Festival, Bluesfest and Splendour in our region. Otherwise all I would ever hear would be the constant moaning from you lot. Bugger Off!


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