Fes­ti­val forced to re­lo­cate

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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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