The proposal for a permanent site venue for Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay went on public exhibition on October 7. Splendour in the Grass organisers are now urging festival lovers across Australia to write submissions in support of their application to the NSW Department of Planning.
Splendour’s previous Byron Bay location, Belongil Fields, is currently being rezoned for residential development.
“Splendour In The Grass needs your help!” said Co-Producer of the fave festival Jessica Ducrou. “This is our last chance to return to Byron, please take two minutes out of your day and write a letter supporting our return home. North Byron Parklands is a beautiful site that will give you your most Splendid experience yet. You’ve shown faith so far, please trust us to continue to deliver an even better festival by taking this next step with us.”
Approval by State Government of the new site, known as North Byron Parklands, will mean Splendour in the Grass will be even better for festival lovers because:
- Splendour will be owners of the site so they can continually improve it to make the Splendour experience more comfortable and memorable.
- The site is 660 acres compared to Woodford’s 400 acres and Belongil Fields’ 50 acres.
- It’s easy to access just off the newly upgraded Pacific Highway, 20 minutes north of Byron Bay and 30 minutes south of the Gold Coast airport.
- There are loads of accommodation options – from camping onsite to luxury accommodation in Byron Bay and the Tweed Coast.
- It’s in the beautiful Byron Shire, with restaurants, shops and markets to explore.
The North Byron Parklands proposal is for up to 20 event days each year, up to 12 of these being for major events. Splendour in the Grass would occupy three of these 12 major event days.
The event usage proposed is in grazed pasturelands covering less than half the site, leaving the majority for habitat use and farming. The proposal means that the land will experience little to no activity for 280 days each year, thereby preserving the natural local environment. North Byron Parklands has committed to increasing the size and function of the Marshalls Ridge wildlife corridor which straddles the property and is working with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to increase habitat cover to make it easier for animals to move more freely in and around the site and also to protect the Billinudgel Nature Reserve.
“Please write a submission to support our return home, to our best site ever”.
To write your submission in support of bringing Splendour home to Byron Bay or to view the proposal go to www.northbyronparklands.com Submissions can be made until 19 November.