Splendour moves to turn it down after receiving $3000 fine

NORTH Byron Parklands has been fined $3000 for making too much noise during this year's Splendour in the Grass festival, the NSW Government has announced.

But residents within earshot of this New Year's Falls Festival should notice a drop in the level of thumping bass sounds with Parklands announcing it wants to turn it down for future events.

North Byron Parklands has today issued a statement saying the music volume from the past three festivals have been within the sites' approvals.

In a statement announcing the fine, the Department of Planning and Environment says the noise breach at Splendour came despite steps taken by Parklands, such as "extensive noise monitoring" at "multiple locations", using shipping containers to block noise escaping from the site and positioning speakers "to avoid directing sound away from the event".

The department says prevailing wind at the time of the festival was partly responsible for the noise breach, "carrying noise further than it would have done otherwise".

"Despite the fine imposed for noise issues, a report on the event's compliance ... shows it generally met its approval conditions," the department says in its statement.

North Byron Parklands says it has today lodged a modification to its trial approval for the site to "better manage lower frequency sound emissions from events held at the venue". The changes would bring North Byron Parklands into line with other festivals around the Northern Rivers and NSW.

"These modifications would benefit the local community, especially in relation to sound by providing clear parameters around bass emissions generated from events held at Parklands," it says in the statement.

The organisation is also flagging an increase in "small-scale" such as school sporting events and tree plantings.

"Parklands has been inundated with requests from schools, sporting organisations and other community
groups (mostly from the north of Byron Shire) seeking to host activities at the venue," Parklands General Manager Mat Morris said..

"As part of our commitment to support our community Parklands hopes to allow various organisations, currently without a home, a place to flourish and serve the community in which they operate."

Parklands says the extra events would cover "community events, local school cross-country and sporting events along with more community tree plantings".

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