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Yelgun festival site trial

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The mega music festival trial site at Yelgun has asked the state government to allow them to increase noise levels. Public submissions have closed now.

You may have missed the ad in the paper about public submissions, but even if you had seen it, there was no mention of increasing noise levels.

Similarly, if you had read the 180 pages asking for more noise, you probably wouldn’t have picked up that it was about increasing noise.

The noise application was obscure. Parklands are requesting noise limits that are much more than that provided in other states and even for other festivals (e.g. Blues Fest).

They have consistently exceeded the limits that the government gave them. They can be heard 10km away. Instead of turning it down to the required levels, they want to increase levels!

They say they can’t run festivals at the levels they were given. But the other nearby mega festival site at Tyagarah, Blues Festival, has much less noise limits and they seem capable of continuing to hold festivals.

They make out that our community is only concerned about the bass frequencies and not the higher frequencies, but this is not supported by the complaint statistics.

Some houses in the vicinity had their windows rattling during festivals!

This is one of NSW’s most biologically diverse localities with 50 threatened fauna species. If windows rattle, then what happens to the tiny animal bodies?

These festivals need to be moved and Conservation of Ocean Shores (CONOS) has a Change.org petition asking for that to happen (CONOS Inc on FaceBook).

Bob Oehlman, President, CONOS

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