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April 17, 2021

Festival heard loud and clear far away

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I live in a cosy cabin deep in in the hills of Palmwoods, surrounded by unbroken silence but last weekend or shall I call it Splendour weekend, I was shocked out of my idyllic existence to hear a party in my front yard.
Once I had phoned neighbours to check they weren’t having a party, I was informed by them that it was Splendour and that if I wanted to I could listen to it live on jjj to which I replied with expletives removed ‘why would I want to listen to it on the radio when it is in my bedroom loud and clear?’
It amazes me that Splendour can be heard all the way from Yelgun to Main Arm, I mean how loud must it be down there?
Oh and by the way, I have considered going to Splendour and I am 30ish so I am not an old grumbler, I just don’t appreciate my peaceful existence disturbed by an auditory assault at my bedtime.
By all means I hope all my friends enjoyed the music at Splendour but I ask the organisers: is it necessary that it is so loud that it can be heard all the way from Main Arm?
Oh and my internet connection didn’t even crawl, it simply failed to load, coincidence? I think not.
I guess I may as well buy a ticket next year and just not go to bed, at least there will be full internet coverage at Splendour.

Jade Brouwer, Main Arm

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  1. The noise was absolutely ridiculous. Easily heard over televisions in South Ocean Shores & Mullumbimby.
    Dogs were cowering & growling due to the racket. Cannot imagine what the poor wildlife and those living closest to the site have endured.

    Things will only get worse if we don’t tell the government about it. Please write to the NSW Department of Planning.

    From Byron Action Group for Festival Sanity Facebook page: “The Dept is the consent authority, and they are not fully aware of the extent of disturbance that the community experiences with these festivals. Write to: Daniel Keary, Director of Industry, Key Sites and Social Projects: [email protected].

    And copy these two: [email protected] and [email protected]. (Ritchie is Deputy Director of Metropolitan and Regional Projects, North and Sommer is a Senior Planner in the Department who is assigned to the Parklands development.)”

  2. I was also appalled at the noise from Splendour-nothing splendid about it!

    It shows a complete lack of respect and consideration for our quiet, peaceful community, and the wildlife we all value, that these people would impose such a racket on us contrary to their consent conditions. Unfortunately, given the way the organisers ignored the concerns of the community, later validated by the Land and Environment Court, it’s not surprising.

    Approval for the festival was given by a dodgy Planning and Assessment Committee, set up by a corrupt government specifically to by- pass the community, who are now forced to tolerate the racket and damage to wildlife.

    The O’Farrell government’s promise to dismantle the PAC proved worthless.

    If this is supposed to be a five year ‘trial festival’ we can only imagine what the real thing will be like.

  3. Yeah we heard it here in Ocean Shores too and our internet and mobile phone service was made virtually useless thanks to all those excited little dears texting each other about what a great time they were having int heir always need to be online world of shallow, narcissism and airheaded brain deadedness. Oh and the traffic control was hopeless too… It makes me realise the next generation are imbeciles.

  4. I’m in Upper Burringbar, 12km away from the Parklands, and I couldn’t believe I could hear that noise up here!
    My sympathy goes to those residents closer to the parklands than me.
    Plus I hate to think of the amount of damage to festival patrons hearing!
    I have written to the planners as mentioned in the response above.

    PS Our internet was also affected badly.

  5. What is it with these Splendour people? Not only do they trash the environment and freak out wildlife, but they trash everyones weekend amenity as well.
    We don’t have these problems with the Blues Festival
    I am in Upper Main Arm and didn’t hear the music but internet and phone was shite all weekend.
    I will be glad when their ‘trial’ period is over and we can get rid of this bunch.
    Unfortunately I think if they don’t get permanent approval they will rezone and turn Parklands into a housing estate. From bad to worse. Watch this space!. And don’t say i didn’t warn you.


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