Coun­cil con­sid­ers fes­ti­val per­mit

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - COUNCIL NEWS -

Baw Baw Shire Coun­cil is still con­sid­er­ing a per­mit for this year’s Be­yond the Val­ley mu­sic fes­ti­val at Lard­ner Park.

The fes­ti­val, which has at­tracted a num­ber of com­mu­nity com­plaints since it be­gan three years ago, con­tin­ued to be the fo­cus of a num­ber of ques­tions on no­tice pre­sented to Baw Baw Shire.

Lard­ner res­i­dent Tony Say­ers asked what the sta­tus of the per­mit was for this year.

Mr Say­ers also asked coun­cil what spe­cial treat­ment the shire granted Lard­ner Park and BTV or­gan­is­ers.

Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Al­i­son Leighton said coun­cil re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion for the mu­sic fes­ti­val on Septem­ber 17.

“Of­fi­cers are cur­rently re­view­ing the in­for­ma­tion in­cluded with the ap­pli­ca­tion and an oc­cu­pancy per­mit for this event has not yet been is­sued,” she said.

Ms Leighton said Be­yond the Val­ley did not re­ceive any spe­cial treat­ment.

“Our in­volve­ment in the event is specif­i­cally fo­cussed on the safety and pro­tec­tion of the pa­trons who are pro­posed to at­tend this event and on the amenity of the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity.

“Our as­sess­ment is guided by the leg­isla­tive POPE process of the Build­ing Act 1993.

“Coun­cil does have a strate­gic part­ner­ship with Lard­ner Park this does not in­flu­ence the is­su­ing of per­mits for the fes­ti­val,” she said.

Mr Say­ers also asked if the mayor or coun­cil­lors had met with War­ragul Po­lice to dis­cuss if they were in favour or op­posed to the fes­ti­val.

“Have the po­lice ex­pressed any con­cerns to this fes­ti­val be­ing held at Lard­ner Park? If so, what are their con­cerns?,” he asked.

Ms Leighton said coun­cil­lors had not met with po­lice but there had been a num­ber of round ta­ble meet­ings with key stake­hold­ers.

She said the POPE ap­pli­ca­tion had been dis­cussed at those meet­ings in prepa­ra­tion for the event in De­cem­ber.

She said it was not ap­pro­pri­ate for coun­cil to re­spond on the po­si­tion of po­lice.

An­other res­i­dent, He­len Case, asked about traf­fic and noise man­age­ment is­sues.

Ms Leighton said traf­fic man­age­ment plans had been pre­pared by the traf­fic man­age­ment com­pany en­gaged by event or­gan­is­ers Incog­ni­tius.

“The event or­gan­is­ers are propos­ing to close Burnt Store Rd and de­tours will be in place via Currie Rd with speed re­duc­tions along Lard­ners Trk and Main South Rd.

“The traf­fic man­age­ment plans sub­mit­ted this year are im­proved from the ar­range­ments that were im­ple­mented last year and take into ac­count the chal­lenges faced last year,” she said.

Ms Leighton said the En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity and coun­cil had placed a num­ber of re­quire­ments onto the event man­agers about on­site noise man­age­ment and es­tab­lish­ment of a tele­phone hot­line to ad­dress all noise com­plaints.

Ms Leighton said Lard­ner Park was in the process of or­gan­is­ing com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sions and coun­cil would be rep­re­sented at those meet­ings.

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