GREEN LIGHT FOR FALLS, SPLEN­DOUR

Splen­dour, Falls for North By­ron

The Northern Star - - FRONT PAGE - Javier En­cal­ada javier.en­cal­ada@north­ern­star.com.au

SPLEN­DOUR in the Grass and the Falls Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val have been con­firmed at the North By­ron Park­lands site for an­other 20 months after the in­de­pen­dent Plan­ning As­sess­ment Com­mis­sion ap­proved the venue.

The as­sess­ment re­port from the De­part­ment of Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment was sent foe a fi­nal de­ci­sion to the Com­mis­sion, which con­sid­ered whether to ex­tend un­til Au­gust 2019, a trial pe­riod for out­door events of up to 35,000 pa­trons.

Plan­ning and Hous­ing Min­is­ter 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.

The De­part­ment re­ceived 634 sub­mis­sions, made up of 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.”

To have the ex­ten­sion ap­proved by the Com­mis­sion is a great out­come. — An­thony Roberts

PHOTO: MARC STAPELBERG

THUMBS UP: Splen­dour in the Grass will con­tinue at North By­ron Park­lands.

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