Parklands reports on 2015 Falls, Splendour festivals

NORTH Byron Parklands has issued its annual performance report, highlighting the economic and employment benefits to the region as a result of both The Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass over the past 12 months.

The report is produced in consultation with government agencies including Byron Shire Council, Roads and Maritime Services and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage - with community representatives from the Parklands Regulatory Working Group providing further input.

Parklands general manager Mat Morris said total economic output generated from the last two events was more than $107 million.

"The great news was that the Byron Shire accounted for $28.1 million of this output or 26%," he said.

"But the really important statistic for this shire was the creation of 196 equivalent full-time (EFT) jobs in 2015 which is significant as it represents 1.79% of the Byron Shire workforce."

The report also highlighted there were no significant impacts on any flora during the reporting period and no significant impacts on fauna.

However noise levels coming from the festival sites remain a concern.

Since the publication of the latest performance report, Parklands has been fined by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for breaching set noise criteria at some residential locations.

Parklands said they were continuing to work with the department and those affected in the community to improve performance in this area.

Traffic management is another issue which Parklands is working to improve.

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