Splendour opponents support council

Opponents of the Splendour plan to move to Yelgun have thrown their support behind the mayor and Byron Council.

Mac Nicolson, convenor for the Coalition For Festival Sanity, said there had been scant mention of the fact that the Splendour group was planning not just one festival a year at Yelgun, but a permanent festival site with six or more major Splendour-type festivals a year.

“All this adjacent to a nature reserve, wetlands and a wildlife corridor of national importance that has been the subject of two previous Commissions of Enquiry,” he said.

“Byron Shire is already buckling under the strain of two major festivals a year and we fully support the mayor and council in trying to find a balanced festival and events policy that will enhance rather than trash our shire.

“They should be commended rather than abused.”

Mr Nicolson said the council had the support of the majority of the community and a mandate to enact sensible policy.

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