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Byron Council and Splendour – rain, camping and traffic queues

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Splendour in the Grass has released a statement about the challenges caused by the rain, on the festival which starts today.

‘Due to ongoing weather conditions, we can no longer accept any campers or vehicles including day parking at North Byron Parklands (NBP).’

Byron Council has also contacted the media today saying they have a very limited role in the organisation of the Splendour in the Grass music festival.

Traffic queues very frustrating

‘We understand there are very long traffic queues to get into the festival and this has been very frustrating for people and has an impact on local residents and businesses.

Council says the event is a ‘very professional, well-organised event and the safety of patrons is always the key priority for the organisers’.

Council, along with the Police and Transport for NSW have a role to play in approving the event’s traffic management plan (TMP) with the aim being to make sure traffic flows smoothly in and around the site.  This year’s TMP was approved with a range of measures, signage and systems in place to keep traffic moving.

‘It has been extremely wet this year and rain in recent days has no doubt caused the organisers some problems in getting vehicles onto the site which resulted in long delays

‘Council has no doubt organisers are working as hard as they can to rectify problems.’

Looking at ways of improving for next year

Festival organisers, Police, Emergency Services, Transport for NSW, Council and other key stakeholders will meet after this year’s event for a debrief to look at ways of improving things for next year’s event.

The Splendour statement says that all incoming camping patrons and day parkers should proceed to Byron Events Farm (BEF) at 35 Yarun Rd, Tyagarah. This does not include Accessible, Flashcamp and Tent City patrons who will still be accepted at NBP.

‘Your NBP camping ticket and parking pass will be scanned and accepted at BEF.

‘Free bus shuttles between BEF to NBP will be available.’

Splendour organisers say they want to thank patrons for their patience and gave a big shout-out to their staff who are working around Mother Nature to get people in safely.

The community hotline for Splendour in the Grass is 1300 899 440 or email: [email protected]


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10 COMMENTS

  1. Like to thank patrons- what about residents whose children are left in the dark at school in wet conditions, no mention about the community in which the festival has impacted so hugely.

  2. The Community were opposed to the establishment of Splendour from the very beginning. The site was never suitable! Dangerously close to The Brunswick Nature Reserve. The impact on Jones Road residents was barely recognised. Once Splendour received its approval for I think
    25,000 people, they immediately set out to make it even bigger, like now, and they wanted a larger number of other events.
    There has been a much wider impact on the local area with Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay being overwhelmed with sleepover Splendourites taking out residential housing stock.
    It is acknowledged that Splendour is always held in the rainy season. Great thinking! I travelled the highway yesterday and saw the massive traffic queues. It’s great having environmentally friendly paper plates and cups but it’s ridiculous that tens of thousands of people travel by gas guzzling motor vehicles from large population centres to the wilds of The Northern Rivers to be stuck in their cars for 10 or 12 hours
    How much has that added to global warming?
    Splendour should be terminated and sent to the city where all the punters come from and leave us locals in peace.

    • I so agree! For all sorts of reasons, but also, unfortunately for me, even though I am in Upper Burringbar, via the topography, I am subjected to the thump, thump, thump of the amplified bass from the amphitheatre – not music, just the disruption of the peace in my forest retreat!
      I feel for those stuck in traffic. Especially the locals & schoolchildren, who are just the victims caught up in this stupid obsession of ever bigger & bigger festivals. Next, we’ll be hearing the statistics of this “super-spreader” event re colds & flu & Covid!

    • Totally agree.It is onky a matter of time before the greed of Splendour in constantly pushing the limits of numbers meets head on with a climate event to end in total catastrophe.

  3. Increasing numbers to 50,000 tickets, plus staffing, was always ridiculous. The previous 30,000 patrons’ access and departure was a traffic jam and logistical nightmare for locals and attendees, blind Freddie could see more would be worse.
    Not the fault of Council or police, just greed once again, did I hear the property was sold to a US business for megabucks?
    The position on a single lane rural road has always been an issue, as is the site on reclaimed wetlands in a precious and delicate environment.
    It brings little to the local economy, except of course, new and ever more infections spread in an area where health facilities are already totally overwhelmed.
    Splendour staff boasting on social media they don’t wear masks was not amusing.

  4. As a local I’m all for both Splendour and the Blues Fest but both were much better when they were smaller and took place at Belongil fields or Red Devil park. In those days patrons could easily walk from their accommodation or the centre of Byron to the festivals and back again and didn’t need to camp on site. The weather this year certainly turned the car travel and onsite camping into a major issue but many years have been dry regarding Splendour.

  5. If the site was approved for max 25000pax how was this limit almost doubled? Has there been a change to permitted numbers? Who approved this? Or was it let’s suck it and see? If so, who allowed that? There are regulations in place for a reason…which has become obvious. Patrons and the local Community are looking at potentially dangerous consequences from the decision to increase the capacity. Who is responsible?

  6. 500,000! Put a ‘lid’ back on the site. No masks.
    I guess someone said it’s a free world just for
    the density of a non-fact.

  7. Get over it, if you don’t want to go into a wet festival then don’t go!

    what is going on with the people of northern rivers, its now full of wingers and complainers and the self-entitled

    i used to go to bluesfest and it would be flooded all the time, once at belongil I was waist deep in water.

    facts:

    – no body was injured at the festival
    – no wildlife were killed at the festival
    – the thousands of trees planted at the north byron parklands were not harmed

    most people I talked to had a great time

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