Billinudgel Property (the Applicant) has lodged a State significant development (SSD) application for the permanent use of the North Byron Parklands site following a trial period, including the continued use of existing site infrastructure and the development of additional infrastructure to support the cultural events site.
A concurrent modification request has been submitted for the concept plan approval that applies to the site to reflect the proposed permanent use.
In April 2012, the Planning Assessment Commission granted a five-year trial period approval for outdoor events at the cultural events site at North Byron Parklands.
The approval was recently modified in August 2017 to extend the trial period for outdoor events by a further 20 months to August 2019. The approval allows up to three events (up to a total of 10 days) each year, including one large scale event with up to 35,000 people in attendance.
Senior Departmental staff, including compliance officers, have attended the majority of the events held during the trial period, and will continue to do so throughout this time. Some of the potential issues which are regularly monitored by the Department include, but are not limited to: noise levels, attendance numbers and traffic management during the events.
Following the completion of the trial period, no further outdoor events would be permitted at the site under the trial period approval, however the concept plan approval would continue to apply to the site.
The cultural events site can be used for cultural, educational, and outdoor events including music festivals, jamborees, camping conferences and minor community events, such as school cross country runs.
The Concept Plan incorporates:
approval for the site to be used for cultural, educational and outdoor events with associated camping
a cultural centre
a conference centre and associated accommodation
camping infrastructure and facilities
a comprehensive vegetation management plan.
The site hosts the Splendour in the Grass Festival (held during July each year) and the Falls Festival (held over the New Year’s period).
As the proposal will have a capital investment exceeding $30 million, it is declared to be State significant development.
The Department of Planning is responsible for the assessment of the proposal in consultation with key stakeholders, including Byron Shire Council, Tweed Shire Council and State government agencies such as the Roads and Maritime Services and NSW Police.
In November 2018, the Department referred the proposal to the Independent Planning Commission for a final determination.