Council adopts major events policy

Byron Council’s decision last week to limit major musical events in the shire to two a year has been welcomed by the Coalition for Festival Sanity.


Convenor Mac Nicolson said the council’s decision to approve a new events policy for the shire was a very constructive step towards defining the community’s wishes regarding the frequency, size and nature of events and festivals to be held in the shire.


“We believe that the policy finds the right balance between encouraging the local music and arts industry while protecting the community, its infrastructure, amenities and environment from the excesses of overload from having too many major, high-impact festivals and we applaud council for its careful and considered vote on the issue,” he said.


Under the now adopted events policy, people organising smaller events will be encouraged to investigate the suitability of the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural complex site, now being built, for their event.


Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham said there was a ‘really strong feeling’ from residents that they didn’t want too many large events, but were very much willing to support ‘home-grown’ smaller events.


Cr Barham said the events policy was aimed at preventing the Byron Shire becoming a ‘dumping ground’ for other big festivals which didn’t serve the interests of the shire.


“It shows support for locally created and grown events,” she said.


“What we are trying to avoid is other festivals coming from elsewhere and just using us as a location.”
 


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