CONOS won’t quit Splendour fight

The fight will continue – that’s the response from conservation group CONOS to the decision that will see the State Government determine the application to establish a permanent Splendour in the Grass festival site at Yelgun.

Spokesman Bob Oehlman said the group and other opponents were still determined ‘to get the best outcome for the area’.

Mr Oehlman said the announcement that the decision would be taken out of the hands of Byron Council came sooner than he thought it would, but CONOS still had the support of environment groups and local residents’ groups.

Splendour organisers had won approval from the council to stage a trial event at their North Byron Shire Parklands site next year, but the approval was overturned on technical grounds in May in the Land and Environment Court.

Mr Oehlman said CONOS knew that the court win was not going to be the end of the matter.

He said Splendour organisers had invested a lot of money in the Yelgun site and would obviously like a return on the investment.

“We always knew there was never going to be a trial event and they made it known they wanted it as a permanent event site,” he said.

Mr Oehlman said CONOS would again have the support of the Environmental Defender’s Office in scrutinising any new development applications related to the Yelgun site.

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