Peter and Narel Shearer, South Golden Beach
We are the owner/operators of the corner shop in South Golden Beach and also live very close to the shop. We are the closest area to the Yelgun Splendour site. After much anticipation, perhaps even some apprehension, Splendour finally arrived last Friday. We, along with most of the residents that we are in contact with at the shop, weren’t sure what to expect but were ready for anything.
What we got was fantastic. Before the festival even started, our very own Splendour liaison officer arrived to fill us in on Splendour’s schedule, how they anticipated this affecting us and a direct line of contact should we or any residents have any problems concerning small issues such as excess rubbish or the larger issues of public drunkenness and violence. Our liaison officer assured us that he would check in every day and he upheld this commitment even to post-Splendour. We felt informed, included and supported should we have needed backup.
The extra people in the community that arrived for Splendour were excited, fun and polite. We live on the well-worn track to the beach which hosts troops of party goers late into the night some weekends but, on this particular weekend, there was no late night excess noise to be heard. No damage to our shop, or extra rubbish. We check the surf first thing every morning, and not one morning was the beach trashed.
The youth in our neighbourhood were so pumped; we were so pleased to see them proud to be part of something so well-revered in their circles and right here in their own neighbourhood!
Even our older patrons here at the shop reported no disturbance. All in all, we think we will now refer to Splendour weekend as Christmas in July – a welcome, good-vibing and energetic event in what is traditionally a quiet time. Imagine how it will feel when all the kinks have been smoothed out! Well done, Splendour!