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Mayor not objective on Falls

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I am just catching up with the Echonetdaily after a very busy Christmas and noisy New Year here at Yelgun.

I note your article and photo of the mayor, Simon Richardson (Echonetdaily 2 January 2014), celebrating the new year with the director of the Falls festival, Brandon Saul.

While the festival may have gone off without a hitch, Simon, please spare a thought for the immediate neighbours who were subjected to several consecutive days and nights of extremely loud music, even louder than the Splendour in the Grass festival held in July last year. Are you aware, Simon, that the Splendour in the Grass festival breached the noise criteria set by the NSW Planning Department in relation to neighbouring properties?

Not only was the music extremely loud, severely impacting on our normally peaceful surrounds, but the air traffic above the festival site and our valley increased dramatically. This we learnt was because the Falls festival had a stall promoting joy flights and tandem parachute jumps over the festival and neighbouring site.

It is disappointing that you didn’t take the time out to visit and see the impact the festival is having on long-term residents of the shire and in particular identified sensitive receivers. Perhaps, this way you could’ve been more informed and objective.

Helen Artup, Val & Stan Scanlon, Yelgun


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  1. How sad to reflect that the Mayor can’t spare time to look at the enormous impact on local residents. But judging by the photo, he had a great time with the festival promoter Brandon Saul. Tell me you paid for your ticket in as a ‘VIP’ Simon.


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