Alastair Duncan, Ocean Shores
To propose a festival in the Brunswick area at a time that we would already be running at peak occupancy is absolute lunacy. The Xmas and New Year period is the lifeblood of many Brunswick businesses and I simply cannot see how any of them will benefit from another festival. It could only decrease the number of actual visitors that choose to spend their holidays in this little town. By actual visitors I mean the people who have been coming here for many years and keep all the small businesses afloat.
Having Splendour over a quiet weekend is one thing, but now we to have to take the overflow of Bluesfest in Easter, and Falls Fest over NYE. I thought that the idea of these festival sites was to increase revenue to the area, not decrease it. Once again Brunswick Heads, and the surrounding communities, are footing the bill for Byron Bay’s inability to organise a coherent and workable entertainment policy. We have not even had the Splendour festival yet, and we have had this announcement with zero community consultation, on the basis that it will fix the problems for the ‘Bay’.
With all due respect to the parents who find this a suitable alternative to a Byron Bay NYE, the idea is to fix the Bay’s shortcomings, not divert them to a smaller area further away, with even less capability to deal with these issues. Brunswick Heads is traditionally a family holiday area, the exact opposite of Byron Bay. Our guests rarely cause any trouble, and I would like to know who will be responsible to ensure that this continues. Will Falls also go until 2am? Is any of this in line with the family holiday atmosphere that Brunswick Heads has developed for itself?
If Falls Festival wants to be here for NYE, then make it 100 per cent camping and let them sort out all the issues associated with having all those extra people in a capacity area; they are the ones who are profiting from this. (Note, I am not a business owner in any capacity.)