Byron shire council has proved itself a party-pooper by sending police to tell organizers of an upcoming dance party called Cyberokita that the event cannot go ahead.
The event was due to be held at Paradise One, a resort-style venue in the hinterland behind Byron Bay..
International artists, along with a formidable line-up of North Coast DJs, had been booked for the 24 hour party.
But in an announcement posted to Facebook today, organisers said they had been notified by the venue that they had received a visit from police who said the venue did not have the required development application.
‘I was contacted by the venue management yesterday to inform me that the council had sent police to the venue to inform them that both their license and DA will not allow for an event of this nature or in fact any public event,’ organizer Kevin D’Orion said.
Mr D’Orion said the venue management had also been told they were not allowed camping onsite, and any attempt to run the event would lead to it being shut down by police.
‘This news comes after many months of planning and at significant cost to myself and those costs will only increase due to contracts with the international artist,’ he said.
He added that spent ‘the past 24hrs trying to source another venue but the ridiculousness of the Byron Shire Council and the subsequent lack of any legal venues that allow all night events has made all but impossible to just move the event elsewhere.’
Mr D’Orion said legal action would be taken against the venue management.
He added that people who had bought presale tickets online through Eventbrite will be refunded by Monday September 28. Those who purchased through Music Bizarre in Lismore should contact him directly at [email protected]