FESTIVALS CONTINUE FOR BYRON BAY
Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Music and Arts Festival will play on at the North Byron Parklands site for another 20 months following approval by the independent Planning Assessment Commission.
The assessment report from the Department of Planning and Environment was sent to the Commission for a final decision, which considered whether to extend until August 2019, a trial period for outdoor events of up to 35,000 patrons.
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the festivals provided significant economic, social and environmental benefits to the local Byron area and the state.
“The Commission’s decision to approve the extension means the Byron area can continue to be an exciting cultural hub for the state, hosting two further Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival events,” Mr Roberts said.
“To date, nine music events have taken place at the site, each time improving the operation. To have the extension approved by the Commission is a great outcome.”
The Department publicly exhibited the modification request in March-April this year. The Department received 634 submissions, including seven from government authorities, 14 from community groups and 613 from the general public.
“The local community has been clear in submissions about what has worked well in past events and what needs to be improved to ensure minimal noise and traffic disruptions,” Mr Roberts said.
“This is a great example of effective community consultation where those directly affected by the events can have their say on issues in their local area.”
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