17.5 C
Byron Shire
September 28, 2021

Festival neighbour’s ‘week from hell’

Latest News

The circular economy in action

Life Cykel is a versatile, forward thinking and high ethos company that focuses on harnessing the circular economy and the great potential that mushrooms possess to create quality products for human, and planetary, health.

Other News

Tackling cane toads on the Tweed

Tweed Shire Council has put in place a plan to deal with the cane toad population in the area. Along with the not-for-profit organisation Watergum, Tweed Shire has launched a project for collecting toads that will begin in October.

Council hopeful of sand returning to eroded Byron beaches

The Byron Shire Council reported ‘indications’ late last week that sand was returning to the popular beaches.

Equitable allocation

In properly-scrutinised vaccination rollouts it is to be expected that vaccines are used as a device to protect the...

Kingscliff and Casuarina among new venues of concern

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region. There have also been positive detection of COVID fragments at Ballina and Wardell sewage treatment plants.

Byron and Tweed lockdown to end at midnight!

The lockdowns in the Byron and Tweed local government areas will end at midnight tonight, with no further cases having been detected in either area.

Tony’s reflections as king of the Macadamia Castle

Looking back on 14 years at the Macadamia Castle, Tony Gilding says the important things to him were the conservation of the animals and the development of staff.

You may wish to cover the whole 2014 Splendour in the Grass story, and not just one side that relates to the patrons on site having a good time, or the promoters who have improved conditions on site since their disastrous 2013 festival.

Have you considered doing a more balanced story, including a story on the immediate neighbours and wider community in general who are being held to ransom whilst 27,500 patrons from all over Australia party at our expense?

What about a story on the people who live here for the peace and the quiet, the laid back rural lifestyle and for the appreciation of the birds and other unique fauna species that inhabit the area.

For many of us here, the permanent residents of our beautiful shire, it is a week from hell. God only knows what damage it does to the native wildlife in the surrounding Billinudgel Nature Reserve.

Val Scanlon, Yelgun


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Val, it is only one weekend a year, or ‘one week’ as you put it. I’m pretty sure running freeways and housing developments through certain areas has more environmental impact than SiTG does. Maybe it’s time you moved? There are other areas where you can go for 52 weeks of quiet instead of 51 weeks of quiet. The amount of money it brings in for many businesses and how much fun people have means it is probably not going anywhere.

    Sorry you dont like it.

    Take care.

  2. Jessie,

    It’s not just Val who was affected. Do you suggest we all move on from the lives we have made for the sake of punters and profits, just because you and a whole other bunch of ignorant mess makers who don’t give a shit, think they are entitled to a bit of fun?

    How is it fair that people who bought their properties for the peace and quiet at Yelgun and surrounds, well before Byron Parklands was envisaged, have this forced upon them? The community and environment should come first, they were here first!

    My experience as a worker in a Brunswick Heads business was the same as this, taken from the Northern Star article from last week:

    ‘Ms Hibbarb said it was supermarkets, accommodation and cafe businesses that had benefited most from Splendour now being held in the shire’s north.

    “Accommodation was fully booked out in Brunswick Heads, as were all of the airport shuttle buses,” she said.

    “It is not quite as big as Easter for us, but it has been a fantastic boom for the town.”

    Cafes were busiest in the mornings, she said, serving patrons breakfast before they headed off to the festival, and yesterday punters filled the town after having packed up from the festival site.

    While his cafe was full yesterday, The Happy Dolphin Cafe manager, Gary Deller said he had expected it to be busier over the weekend.

    “The vibe over the weekend was awesome and we were up on normal trade, but nothing like what I expected,” he said.’

    My boss had put on extra staff in the expectation we would at least have the same trade (hopefully more due to the increase in festival patrons) as last year. He ended up losing any profits in wages.

    Have a festival, but do it somewhere else thanks. After the two Splendours and Falls, over it.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 29 September, 2021

Byron Writers Festival co-presents a special online event with acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen. 

Organic local Koala Tea

Koala Tea has won several awards over the years and has been inducted into the ACO Organic Hall of Fame.

Organic Forrest

Pioneers of the organic food movement, David Forrest and Sue Mangan have been farming in Federal since 1978.

A smoothie operator

Mullum, the town with everything, now has its own new specialty smoothie bar...