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Plans to give the well–known music festivals Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Festival a long–term home at the North Byron Parklands are on exhibition from today. Following a trial period, the Department of Planning and Environment is now seeking public feedback on a proposal to make cultural events a permanent fixture at the site.


To allow this to occur, two concurrent proposals are on exhibition for the public to read and make submissions.


The Department of Planning and Environment’s Executive Director for Key Sites and Industry Assessments, Anthea Sargeant, said the Department is keen to hear the community’s views on the plans.


“We highly value community feedback, and the Department will take it into consideration when assessing the new proposals. I encourage everyone to come and look at the plans,” Ms Sargeant said.


The applicant, Billinudgel Property Pty Ltd has lodged a State Significant Development (SSD) application to allow for the permanent use of the North Byron Parklands Cultural Events site for events with up to 50,000 patrons.


“The plans would allow the popular Splendour in the Grass which is held in winter, and the Falls Festival staged in summer, to have a permanent home,” Ms Sargeant said.


“The proposal would see the festivals held over five days each, with up to 35,000 patrons initially. The applicant is seeking to progressively increase patron attendance at Splendour in the Grass to 50,000, but this would only occur if certain performance measures are met.”


Other events are also proposed to be held on the site throughout the year including three music or cultural events with up to 25,000 patrons a day, five small community days such as local arts festivals for up to 5,000 patrons a day, and two minor event days for school sports carnivals for 1,500 patrons.


The site would operate 24 hours a day on event days, however amplified music from the stages would be restricted to 11am to midnight, or to 1am on New Year’s Eve.


Upgrades to the site worth $42 million are proposed and include a conference centre, a permanent 'golden view’ bar, terracing of the main amphitheatre, improvements to transport infrastructure, and restoration and maintenance of vegetation and habitat.


A separate modification request has also been lodged to modify the Concept Plan Approval to reflect the continued use of the Parklands as a cultural events site.


The SSD application and the modification request are on exhibition for an extended period and submissions can be made until 16 February 2018.


Make a submission on Cultural Events Site – North Byron Parklands (SSD 8169) or view the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposal at the Major Projects website.


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