Residents aim to stop Splendour In The Grass

THE fight to stop a trial Splendour in the Grass festival at Yelgun next year just intensified this week with legal action starting against organisers and Byron Shire Council.

Conservation of North Ocean Shores (CONOS) has engaged the services of the Environmental Defender's Office and lodged an appeal in the Land and Environment Court.

“The development footprint for the festival is proposed on either side of Australia's most easterly wildlife corridor, the Marshall's Ridge wildlife corridor,” CONOS president Bob Oehlman said.

“The proposal requires substantial permanent infrastructure that will have a significant impact upon the wildlife corridor, and all for a one off trial event.”

The Yelgun site is owned by North Byron Shire Parklands and general manager Mat Morris said he believed their development application, approved by the council in July, was lawful.

“We will be vigorously defending the action as, in agreement with council, we believe the issuing of the DA complied with all of the relevant planning legislation,” he said.

A spokesperson for Byron Shire Council said they could not comment on the application from CONOS because they have not revealed the grounds for the challenge. Festival organisers also recently lodged amendments to their trial DA which opponents, The Coalition for Festival Sanity, say is an attempt to water down their development consent conditions. Changes include having amplified music and alcohol sales until 2am instead of the midnight closing time and the building of bitumen roads.

The amendments are on display until Wednesday November 19 and are likely to be voted on early next year.

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