Outrage at Splendour plans

YELGUN residents are 'declaring war' on Splendour in the Grass organisers in a bid to stop a trial event going ahead next year.

Resident Chris Coady said the community was raising funds to take the organisers to the Land and Environment Court to try to stop them from holding the music festival at Yelgun.

“There is widespread and genuine anger about this,” said Mr Coady, a member of the Byron Ratepayers Association and the Yelgun Progress Association.

“We are grassroots people who just want to get on with our lives.

“But it is utter nonsense that they need to hold the event at Yelgun. This is war - we are going to stop this.”

Byron Shire Council last month gave Splendour permission to hold a trial festival at its North Byron Shire Parklands site next year.

However Mr Coady said residents were concerned about the impact the festival would have on traffic, the environment and the community.

“The site does not have the infrastructure to support it,” he said.

“There will be traffic chaos. It is in a flood mitigation area that is prone to bush fires.

“People in this Shire are sick and tired of being told that mega festivals are good for us. This is far from dead; we are going to win this.”

A protest meeting will be held at the Ocean Shores Community Centre on September 7, from 2.30pm.

Local councillors have been invited to attend and Mr Coady encouraged community members to go along to help raise money needed to take the organisers to court.

He said residents had already raised $15,000 towards costs.

The Northern Star was unable to contact Splendour in the Grass organisers for comment yesterday.



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