Splendour's first Yelgun outing wins praise from Byron mayor

DESPITE the widely reported traffic gridlockcaused by the Splendour in the Grass festival, Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson praised the event ahead of a debriefing session with stakeholders.

The meeting to discuss the festival's first year at the North Byron Parklands site at Yelgun will be held within two weeks and involve all the key people he said.

"There were certainly teething issues with getting into the festival," Cr Richardson said.

"Brunswick Valley Way had meltdowns on Friday and I waited for an hour and a half at the Yelgun turnoff before then queuing at the gate.

"There was inconvenience for patrons with traffic, toilets and queues, but generally speaking, for a trial festival of 25,000 people, I think overall they did a pretty good job.

"The bigger question now is what will we do to improve things next time."

Cr Richardson said he was impressed with the tree-planting work that had been done over several years on the site and was encouraged by the trial of composting toilets.

Festival organisers yesterday described the three-day event as "one massive house-arming party at North Byron Parklands" and thanked people for their patience as problems occurred, including issues with bus services which provoked a barrage of complaints on social media.

"After six months of continual wet weather in the lead-up to the show, on Thursday night the heavens opened again just as a surge of campers arrived to enter the site," co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco said in statement. "The meeting of these two events resulted in traffic and an uncomfortable set-up for some of our campers. For those of you who were so patient when arriving we thank you. We promise to get the kinks out for 2014."

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