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November 27, 2022

Splendour/Falls festival site rejigs permanent venue submission

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On Saturday, Parklands hosted a community information afternoon to share its latest plans ‘to become a permanent home for world-class arts and cultural events in the northern rivers’. Pictured are Mullum High School students Marlin, Adel and Nini, who performed with the Parklands crew. The P&C also held a sausage sizzle. Photo Jeff ‘Shizzled’ Dawson.
On Saturday, Parklands hosted a community information afternoon to share its latest plans ‘to become a permanent home for world-class arts and cultural events in the northern rivers’. Pictured are Mullum High School students Marlin, Adel and Nini, who performed with the Parklands crew. The P&C also held a sausage sizzle. Photo Jeff ‘Shizzled’ Dawson.

North Byron Parklands, home to Splendour/Falls festival in Yelgun, have reduced event days and patron numbers in their submission to become a permanent venue for outdoor events.

General manager Mat Morris said the changes came after constructive feedback from residents during the consultation process.

The proposal now comprises Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron up to 35,000 patrons and a maximum of five days each; three event days up to 25,000 patrons (event days can be used for single-day or multi-day events); and five community event days up to 5,000 patrons (event days can be used for single-day or multi-day events).

KPIs must be met

A further component includes an increase of patron numbers ‘subject to meeting key performance indicators (KPIs) for 35,000 event Splendour in the Grass increasing to 42,500 and subject to meeting KPIs for 42.5k event Splendour in the Grass reaching 50,000.’

Originally Parklands proposed 12 event days up to 50,000 patrons; four event days between 10,000 and 50,000 patrons; four event days between 3,000 and 10,000 patrons; and unlimited events less than 300 people.’

Mr Morris says the feedback ‘proved invaluable in refining our application and preparing our revised Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).’

‘We listened to a wide range of ideas and concerns from the community and have factored these into the application.

‘I want to thank those people who took the time to share their thoughts in writing and for attending the various information meetings held at the venue.’

Another spokesperson added, ‘This is separate from the issue of the 20-month extension to the trial that is being determined by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC).’

The final EIS will be submitted to the Department of Planning & Environment shortly, says Mr Morris. ‘Community members will then have a further opportunity to provide feedback’.


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1 COMMENT

  1. What a con, trickery and not to be trusted,

    Once they get their approval Parklands will apply for amendments to up the capacity,

    Ask them have they got some future plans to increase, they will either obfuscate, say yes or simply lie,

    Finally I hope the EIS assesses Flood Impacts and emergency evacuation plans cause the Parkland site and the proposed festivals to become a major death trap waiting to happen,

    How lucky they are so far but even a small down pour can turn it all into Splendour in the mud, as we had a few years ago.

    Only a fool would allow such risk, the site is a wetland and one decent rain and it turns into a lake,

    Ask any resident and they will show you photos of the site after rain.

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