North Byron Parklands (NBP) management say that 51 people braved the heat and attended the Parklands community information meeting and Q&A on Sunday afternoon.
It was an effort to explain to the community its plans for the Yelgun event site to become fully approved.
NBP hosts both Splendour In The Grass and the Falls festival, and is currently in the final year of its five-year trial approval with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E).
‘From the Parklands perspective, it was a really constructive and productive meeting that covered some wide-ranging issues and concerns,’ manager Mat Morris said.
He says a submission is being prepared for the DP&E to make Parklands a ‘permanent home for sustainable, world-class arts and cultural events in the northern rivers.’
Mr Morris says, ‘As per the original approval submitted in 2010, Parklands is seeking approval for 12 event days of between 25,000 and 50,000 patrons.’
‘The two existing events (Splendour in the Grass and Falls Byron Bay) currently take up eight of these days, leaving the possibility of one additional large event.
‘The requested remaining eight days would be for events under 25,000; for example, Parklands is now negotiating with a group to bring a running event for 2,000 to 3,000 participants.’
In a prepared Q&A, Mr Morris reiterated issues raised in last week’s Echonetdaily article, and added that Live Nation had not bought into Parklands.
‘Parklands is 100 per cent owned by Australians (many of whom are locals).’
He says that Live Nation’s 51 per cent ownership of Splendour in the Grass and Falls will not affect Parklands.
‘It is still operated by the same team who started the festivals and that will continue to be the case.’