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Byron shire council has sent police to ensure an all night dance party does not go ahead.
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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].




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  1. So Byron Shire Council now sends the NSW police to enquire about a (lack of) D.A? Interesting…

    That’s two venues in a week shut down in the Shire, Ginger Pig being the other. With no late night dance venues in the Shire (except pubs), I can see NSW police being run off their feet with 10-15 small dance parties in the hills every weekend during Summer. Great result from our socially conservative Council and increasingly conservative residents.

    The NIMBY’s and pubs have won at this stage

  2. It’s such a shame. Byron is going the way of Sydney where you can’t have a party that goes all night, or it is very hard to get a venue that you can legally do so.

    Why are the councils all cracking down on people being allowed to party till the sun comes up? It seems crazy. Take all of our fun away why dont you. Poor effort police and councils.

    • I don’t think it’s fair to compare this sort of an event to a party. Usually parties don’t have a few thousand guests, nor do they usually charge an admittance price.

      This was going to be commercial entertainment event. I think it’s only reasonable that the organisers of this type of event fulfil the legal requirements that such an event requires.

      Its not the council’s nor the police’s fault this event isn’t going ahead, it’s the organisers fault.


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