Green light for Earth­core

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

THE con­tro­ver­sial Earth­core Sum­mer Dream­ing Fes­ti­val is head­ing to El­more in Novem­ber.

The dance fes­ti­val has been held at the Pya­long site since 2013 but in June the Mitchell Shire Coun­cil was un­able to grant per­mis­sion for the 2017 event to go ahead.

The El­more Events Cen­tre con­firmed it would hold the fes­ti­val from Novem­ber 23 to 27.

In 2016, the fes­ti­val was marred by the death of a Mel­bourne woman in her 40s. The cause of death is yet to be de­ter­mined.

There were also 19 drug no­tices handed out, 28 peo­ple cau­tioned for cannabis use, four were in­ter­viewed for pos­ses­sion of drugs and two for pos­ses­sion of a weapon.

There were also 32 caught drug driv­ing.

But de­spite the his­tory of the event the El­more com­mu­nity is pleased with the an­nounce­ment.

El­more Progress As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Meg Doller said the El­more Events Cen­tre was a fan­tas­tic site for these types of events and fes­ti­vals.

‘‘The cen­tre’s abil­ity to host Earth­core is ev­i­denced by the suc­cess of a range of sim­i­lar events, in­clud­ing the lon­grun­ning Sum­mer Send Off Ball,’’ she said.

‘‘We trust event or­gan­is­ers will meet all re­quire­ments in the lead-up to, and dur­ing, the event to en­sure it is both en­joy­able and safe for fes­ti­val­go­ers and the wider com­mu­nity.’’

Earth­core was un­able to be con­tacted for com­ment.

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