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The residents at the north end of Belongil Crescent and its cul de sac are not too happy about the plans put forward by the North Byron Beach property that proposes holding up to 11 ‘low-key’ events per year. (One of these is the already-established Byron Bay Writers’ Festival.)

These events will greatly impact on the tranquillity of these residents and upon the whole of the Sunrise Estate area in general. There has been virtually no reporting in the local papers of this plan and most of the residents here are unaware of what these plans entail.

After trying to slog through the massive report of details at the council, it seems quite obvious that these events will be anything but low key. The ‘events’ plan will build two stages on which amplified concerts will be performed complete with subwoofers. There will be campsites scattered over a vast area, some of which leave only a barrier of 150 metres from the nearest residents. Car parks will be created to enable over 1,000 attendees per ‘event’ easy access.

We Belongil Crescent residents are shocked by the vastness of this proposed development and ask the question is this really necessary in a tranquil, family-orientated suburb? What will the effect of all this noise, camping, car pollution etc have on the local wildlife and vegetation? How will Bayshore Drive, already heavily overburdened with all-day traffic, cope with all these extra cars? Will frustrated drivers decide to use our local streets where children can still be seen playing cricket etc? How will these events be policed – not only while they’re on but the after hours, when the partygoers really get into partying? (An issue we know all too well in Sunrise after Splendour shuts down.)

This plan also proposes that a trial of 10 years will be allowed for these events, as apparently the financial costs for council to execute the legality of these plans is not cost effective otherwise.

We already have enough venues in town for loud partygoers who wish to use Byron as a place to rage and ‘get it on’. We now are in the process of destroying one of the last, beautiful coastline areas in the world to make way for Splendour. We have Peter Noble winning his battle against the council’s (and most of our community’s) decision to limit so-called cultural festivals to a few a year. Does Byron really need any more of this ‘entertainment’, not to mention the ruining of yet another neighbourhood at the expense of local – might we add rate-paying – residents, so the promoters can line their pockets with the tourist dollar?

About a month ago a little koala wandered through our backyards at the end of our crescent. It found a suitable tree and spent the rest of the day sleeping peacefully, away from all the dramas down below. Where will he/she sleep now, we are asking?

Meg Walker, Byron Bay

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