Event site needs to be planned

SUGGESTIONS by Bluesfest director Peter Noble that his festival's site would be suitable for the proposed Northern Rivers events centre have been rejected by the man who mooted the idea.

After visiting the Tyagarah site, Primex director Bruce Wright said while he "loved" Byron, "there's a very substantial part of the Northern Rivers away from Byron Bay and west of the Pacific Hwy".

"This is why our proposal is designed to establish discussion and appropriate investigations into the proposal, with the involvement of all potential stakeholders throughout the entire Northern Rivers region."

Mr Wright told The Northern Star earlier this month that a regional centre was needed to cater for existing shows and attracting new ones to the region.

He said from Primex's perspective the shortage of land was blocking growth of the event, which last year drew about 50,000 people.

"In terms of the Bluesfest venue, there is limited infrastructure and services permanently available on the site," Mr Wright said.

"Suggesting to visitors and over 2500 company reps that their accommodation was available on a camp site ... would create some interesting dialogue but would not be in the interests of all concerned."

Mr Wright's vision for the centre includes a "very substantial" facility capable of catering for a range of events including festivals, exhibitions, concerts and conventions.

People interested in the idea can register their support at http://www.primex.net.au.



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