Festival forced to relocate
THE Daintree Rainforest Festival planned for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend has been forced to relocate after organisers failed to obtain the required permits.
The dance festival was to be held at Daintree Station in Whyanbeel but the venue did not have a valid material change of use development permit from Cairns Regional Council.
It has now been renamed Freakquency Falls Festival with plans to host it at Mungalli Falls.
Council’s planning and environment general manager Kelly Reaston said the event did not receive council approval for various reasons.
‘‘The music event that had been planned for this venue is not an approved use for the property, which does not have adequate infrastructure for an event of this nature,’’ she said.
‘‘Camping is also not permitted on the property.
‘‘The event organisers did not approach council prior to commencing ticket sales and the event was brought to council’s attention just over two weeks ago.
‘‘Council officers advised the promoter that the chosen venue is not suitable for the size and scope of the event proposed.
‘‘Under the existing Douglas Shire Planning Scheme, the proposed use would be an impact assessable development, require public notification and may be decided at a meeting of the council - this is not a quick process and would be subject to appeal rights held by submitters.’’
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