26.5 C
Byron Shire
April 15, 2021

Parklands wins permanent approval for Splendour, Falls

Latest News

Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

Other News

Waking up with a sick feeling in my gut

Horst Tietze, Mullumbimby Thank you to Mandy Nolan for publishing her courageous account of growing up as a young woman...

A man dead after boat capsizes on Ballina Bar

Police have confirmed that a man has died after a boat capsized at Ballina earlier today.

Red Cross offers additional bushfire grants

Australian Red Cross is opening a final round of support grants for people affected by the bushfires who are suffering extreme financial hardship.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The New Resilience

Resilience is dead. The word has been overused. Some may say the word is no longer resilient. We broke it. It’s unfortunate because it was a really good word.

Where announcements masquerade as action

The great secret about government in Australia is this: no-one wants to know about government in Australia.

The return of the prodigal son

Gallery DownTown, the annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery, is presenting a new exhibition by regional artists.

The North Byron Parklands site has received permanent approval to host Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Festival with increased patron numbers. (file pic)

The popular Falls and Splendour in the Grass festivals have a permanent home after the state’s Independent Planning Commission (IPC) today signed-off on a $42-million development application for North Byron Parklands (NBP).

The approval will see both Splendour and Falls increase in size to 50,000 and 35,000 punters respectively .

The announcement comes just over a week before the state election and a day after Splendour (which is now run by a different organisation to NBP) called on its followers to throw out the Coalition government, which it said was ‘not willing to work with the music industry’.

A number of other music promoters have taken their festivals interstate rather than accept the additional, onerous conditions contained in the Coalition’s new ‘safe festival’ policy.

By contrast, Labor have promised to work with the industry and appoint a minister for the night-time economy.

Statement

In its statement, issued on Wednesday afternoon (March 13), the Commission said it had put in place ‘strict conditions of consent to address residents’ concerns about crowd numbers, noise, traffic and sewage and wastewater management – and to achieve appropriate environmental and social outcomes’.

Billinudgel Property Pty Ltd (the applicant) lodged a state significant development application with the Department of Planning & Environment (DoPE) for the ongoing use of the site on Tweed Valley Way, Yelgun, for up to 20 event days per year.

It had previously received approval from the former Planning Assessment Commission to host outdoor events there on a trial basis for five years.

DoPE referred the matter to the IPC for determination after receiving 7,204 submissions – 118 of them objections, including from both Byron and Tweed shire councils.

All of the applicant’s proposals were approved, except the development of its own sewerage and wastewater plant, which was withdrawn.

Details of approval

The IPC’s approvals include that:

  • Falls and Splendour can continue to be held over a maximum of five days each. Total maximum daily patron numbers will rise to 35,000 and 50,000 respectively – the latter being a staged increase, ‘conditional on the applicant demonstrating its management and mitigation measures are effective’;
  • NBP can also host three ‘medium’ event days for up to 25,000 patrons per day, five ‘small’ event days for up to 5,000 patrons per day, and two ‘minor’ day-long community events for up to 1,500 patrons; and
  • an administration building, conference centre, road and transport infrastructure and other amenities will be built within the Parklands ‘to support the staging of events on site’.

IPC Chair, Professor Mary O’Kane AC, appointed a three-member panel, comprising Professor Richard Mackay AM (Panel Chair), Ms Catherine Hird and Mr Andrew Hutton, to scrutinise the application.

They met with the applicant, DoPE and representatives of both councils, and inspected the site and surrounding area.

A public meeting was held in Ocean Shores in December last year to listen to the community’s views.

Signs outside the December 12 2018 IPC hearing into North Byron Parklands’ plans. Photo supplied

Conditions

‘After carefully considering all the evidence, the Commission has today (Wednesday 13 March 2019) determined to approve the application, subject to conditions,’ the statement said.

The IPC concluded the applicant had ‘demonstrated throughout the five-year trial period that it can adequately manage outdoor events for up to 35,000 people at the site – including trialling, monitoring and refining a range of measures to manage and mitigate impacts associated with development, which have resulted in overall improvements in amenity and a reduction in complaints from local residents’.

It also found:

  • the proposed staged increase in patron numbers is ‘appropriate… subject to the applicant implementing the required mitigation measures’;
  • the predicted traffic impacts are ‘acceptable and appropriate traffic management will be in place’; and
  • the proposed noise impacts and management measures are ‘acceptable because appropriate noise limits are included in the conditions of consent, and the applicant will be required to prepare and implement a noise management plan and monitoring program for large and medium outdoor events’.

In concluding that the application is ‘in the public interest’, the Commission stated, ‘The development will continue to deliver a unique tourism experience that will generate positive economic and social benefits, including local employment opportunities.’

The conditions imposed by the Commission seek to prevent, minimise and/or offset adverse social and environmental impacts; set standards and performance measures for acceptable environmental performance; require regular monitoring and reporting; and provide for the ongoing environmental management of the development.

The Commission’s full Statement of Reasons for Decision is available here

NBP welcomes approval

In a statement released on Wednesday, NBP’s owners said they were ‘thrilled’ to received the permanent licence.

‘NBP has worked with planning authorities for the better part of a decade to secure this permanent approval which was entirely merit based,’ they said.

‘The five-year trial approval period (extended to six-and-a half-years) clearly demonstrated that Parklands was more than capable of hosting iconic outdoor music events in a manner that limited impacts while maximising benefits to so many in the region.’

Management said they would continue with ‘further detailed modelling’ for the proposed ‘environmentally sustainable wastewater treatment system’, with a view to resubmitting this proposal at a later date.

They added NBP will now ‘finalise the gifting of more than 41ha of densely forested lands to National Parks and Wildlife Services that will increase the sizeof the Billinudgel Nature Reserve by more than 3 per cent’.

Tuesday’s (March 12) Splendour in the Grass post urging punters to throw out the Coalition government came just a day before it’s festival site received permanent approval. Image Facebook/Splendour in the Grass

Change of government urged

On Tuesday (March 12) Splendour in the Grass management posted a shout-out to its Facebook followers calling them to kick out the NSW Coalition Government with the tagline, ‘Turn up live music. Turn down the current NSW government’.

‘LISTEN UP SPLENDOUR PEEPS, THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT!’ the Facebook post read.

‘The NSW election is less than two weeks away and the future of live music in this state hangs in the balance. The current government has made it clear through new unnecessary regulations for music festivals, they are not willing to work with the music industry.

‘We urge all fans and followers of live music to take a moment and consider what’s at stake. ‘If you are not yet on the electoral roll, it’s not too late to register and vote music!

‘This election is down to the wire, the most closely contested race in NSW ever and your voice matters.
‘Make your vote count on Saturday 23 March,’ the post concluded.

 

 

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Another nail in the coffin! ?

    Ironic juxtaposition of headlines – just after ‘ How do you want tourism managed?’. I don’t think ‘with events of 50,000’ is the answer many would give.

  2. Another nail in the coffin?

    An interesting juxtaposition of articles – right beside one that’s headed ‘What are your ideas about managing tourism in Byron?’. I’m sure most in their right minds wouldn’t suggest with events of 50,000 +. The infrastructure is built around a permanent population of 15,000 and already staggers and struggles.

    And who will determine if the ‘management and mitigation measures’ have adequately dealt with the increasing numbers?

    • Nothing a cyclone won’t fix. As far as Splinter is concerned it’s simply all about the money. Community and ecology are of no value.

  3. The Consent is for events up to 58,000. 50,000 paid ticket holders and 8000 additional passes for mates. With up to 30,000 campers, plus a conference centre with accom for 120. The State govts Dept of Planning is acting with the Australian developers, on behalf of Donald Trump and his US corporate mates Live Nation, that are now the dominate owners of Splendour and Falls. There wont be any Australian musicians if it doesnt suit the business model of the US Live Nation owners. The site, as an out of town business, pays Council rates of just 50% more than a similar size adjacent rural property that just runs a few cows. The land going to National Parks is in compensation for public land given to the developers. They have received Consent without having to identify where they are going to send their sewerage and grey water. Throw out both the developers and the State govt.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

ALP puts war power reform on the agenda

The Australian Labor Party will hold a public inquiry into how Australia goes to war if elected to government next year.

Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

With disasters coming thick and fast as the climate emergency worsens, Australian Red Cross this morning launched financial help for flood-affected communities in NSW.

Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.