Music festival site 'dangerous'
NSW Greens environment spokeswoman Cate Faehrmann says the Planning Department recommendation to approve a permanent music festival site at Yelgun is a blow to the work of conservationists who have been working to protect this very fragile area for years.
Promoters of the popular 'Splendour in the Grass' festival have been pushing to create a permanent site at Yelgun for several years.
However, residents opposing the site and The Greens say there are serious environmental concerns and unanimous opposition to the project from Byron Shire's various conservation groups.
Festival organisers have previously said the site would be empty and inactive for most of each year and have little impact on the area's environment or amenity.
However, Ms Faehrmann said the department's recommendation threatened the future of the Marshall's Ridge wildlife corridor, which linked the World Heritage area of the Mt. Warning caldera to the Billinudgel Nature Reserve that is adjacent to the site, as well as other coastal reserves such as the Wooyung, Marshall's Creeks and Brunswick Heads Nature Reserves.
"Splendour in the Grass is a great festival," Ms Faehrmann said.
"But it should continue in a less environmentally sensitive area.
"The impact of thousands of festival goers and associated infrastructure, traffic and rubbish and booming noise will be unacceptable."
"With bump in times for around 3 major events, and potential for an unlimited number of smaller festivals, this site will be a dangerous place for the threatened species who call the area home for a significant part of the year.
"It will be a serious blow to the threatened species such as the koala and long-nosed potoroo that depend on this well connected protected area network. Conservationists have fought hard for the integrity of this network over many decades," said Ms Faehrmann.
In 2009 the Land and Environment Court over-turned Byron Shire Council's approval by for a temporary festival at this site.
Ms Faehrmann said the department's recommendation disregarded the court's decision.