North Byron Parklands not all about the bass
NORTH Byron Parklands will now be allowed to host small non-music focused community events.
Thanks to a decision made this week by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) local schools and not-for-profit organisations will have the chance to hold events at the Parklands as well.
The venue has currently been operating for only eight event days a year but was seen as a huge potential asset for community groups.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to host small community events at Parklands," Parklands general manager Mat Morris said.
"Over the past few years we've been approached by numerous schools and community groups all wanting to use our home to stage small, low-impact events.
"We truly believe Parklands will be a brilliant asset for the community, filling a current void for such facilities in the north of the Shire.
"We welcome the PAC's decision and we look forward to opening up our beautiful venue to these local groups."
The PAC have also modified the existing sound limits so that lower-end frequencies are more clearly regulated.
According to Mr Morris these changes bring Parklands noise limits into line with other outdoor venues in NSW and across Australia.
He said setting absolute noise goals rather than "background plus limits" allows a much more precise level of monitoring and management of sound at this venue.
"We are pleased that the PAC have recognised that Parklands' previous operating conditions in relation to sound limits were not on a level playing field with other venues of its kind in Australia.
"We feel the PAC determination strikes the balance of preserving patron expectations and community amenity," Mr Morris said.
"There are now clear parameters around 'bottom-end' sound which had been previously unregulated.
"As previously communicated to the community, we are confident that these new limits will improve the amenity for certain residents affected by bass or lower frequency sound from events."