The Land and Environment Court will now decide if a trial Splendour in the Grass event will go ahead next year at the festival-owned North Byron Shire Parklands at Yelgun, a decision that has led to a sharp response from Byron Shire Council’s general manager Graeme Faulkner.
Splendour promoters said that with the council unable to say when a decision would be made on the development application (DA) for the trial event, they had reluctantly decided to lodge an appeal with the court.
Mat Morris, the general manager of North Byron Shire Parklands, said the decision had to be made because time was running out to undertake the necessary site works to allow the event to be staged.
Mr Morris said promoters believed the court would judge the application on its planning merits and would provide the necessary level of certainty in a timely manner.
He said that while it was disappointing the original DA was not assessed in time to allow an event in either 2007 or 2008, it was important that enough time be made available for necessary site preparations for next year’s festival.
“The Land and Environment Court will provide a high level of certainty that we will have an answer one way or the other within a timeframe that could allow the hosting of an event in 2009,” he said.
Mr Morris said Splendour promoters had a continuing commitment to work with the council and community regarding the festival.
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