Mayor gives new site thumbs up

Tent city at Bluesfest.
Tent city at Bluesfest.

The new Bluesfest site at Tyagarah has been given the thumbs up by Byron Mayor, Cr Jan Barham.

At the same time, she rejected a suggestion by Cr Patrick Morrissey that if the festival wanted to get bigger it should move out of the shire.

“The Blues Festival is a Byron festival and we appreciate that,” she said.

“The council is proud to have the Blues Festival as an iconic event.

“It brings a lot of economic return and it’s a signature event for the town.”

Cr Barham said any future growth of the festival was up to organisers, but any proposal to expand it would be subject to the same stringent conditions that all developments faced.

The mayor, along with other councillors, inspected the site last Wednesday.

She said she was impressed with how the site was organised and said festival organisers had ‘done a fantastic job’.

Festival organisers had been working with the council for a number of years to find the right location and to deal with all the issues, she said.

Cr Barham said there were teething problems that would have to be resolved, but with the festival at Tyagarah there would be less traffic impact on Byron Bay.

She said festival organisers had been able to accommodate the needs of the council.

The council was pleased the festival, renowned around Australia and the world, had a permanent home.

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