The value of the World Environment Day awards is significantly diminished when one notes the award to North Byron Parklands (Splendour’s Yelgun festival site).
Many years after purchasing the site, there is still a compliance issue for the current owners regarding a court order that they took on from the previous owner to rehabilitate the riparian vegetation along Yelgun Creek within the property.
Similarly the festival organisers appear unable to control the noise levels or properly study the effects of the festivals on the environment. Planting numerous trees with the assistance of many volunteers and government funding does not negate the environmental degradation that is inevitable. The site is a biological hotspot within the northern rivers area ,which is itself a biological hot area.
Sorry but I can’t equate environmental awards going to a development group that places 25,000 people into a state recognised wildlife corridor linking the caldera World Heritage areas with the coast!
Richard Whitling, South Golden Beach