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OFFICIAL DUTY: Mayor Simon Richardson and Parklands GM Mat Morris unveil the new toilets.
OFFICIAL DUTY: Mayor Simon Richardson and Parklands GM Mat Morris unveil the new toilets. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

IT WILL have some of world's most popular bands, but Splendour in the Grass now has something else to boast about - loos with a view.

The North Byron Parklands festival site at Yelgun yesterday unveiled the largest number of waterless composting toilets at any outdoor event in Australia. Splendour punters will be the first to experience these state-of-the-art, waterless and low-odour composting toilets.

And it gets better - while you're waiting in line, you can catch a glimpse of the ocean over the rolling hills.

Byron Shire Council gave Parklands approval for 258 toilets in 2013, and now 246 waterless units have been built, designed and commissioned by Quicksmart Homes.

They are relocatable and will help to reduce wastewater truck movements.

The general manager of Parklands, Mat Morris, said it was an "infinitely more sustainable solution".

"While the vast majority of outdoor venues rely on transporting hundreds of port-a-loos and showers to and from site, Parklands has delivered an infinitely more sustainable solution that resolves many of these transport and waste disposal issues," he said.

"Byron Shire Council's role in approving these facilities has greatly assisted Parklands in fulfilling a number of its environmental goals."

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson said the new toilets were an initiative that celebrated innovation.

"Hopefully other events and other people with the capacity to promote and develop innovative practices get inspired by what's been done here.

"Parklands has shown courage and commitment in what they've done.

"This kind of thing is what Byron's known for."

Cr Richardson would be attending Splendour, but said he found it hard to "switch off" from his civic duties.

"I'll also be looking at the impacts the festival has on the surrounding villages."

Topics:  music festival, splendour in the grass



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