Sunshine Coast loses its Splendour
Splendour in the Grass rocks Woodford in 2010. Photo: Edwina Pickles
Queensland's short-lived time in the Splendour spotlight looks to be over for good.
Splendour In The Grass organisers have proudly trumpeted the permanent return of the festival to Byron Shire following the approval of the Yelgun site.
NSW's independent Planning and Assessment Commission today approved the hosting of festivals at the North Byron Parklands site over a five-year trial period.
The PAC approved up to three trial events at the site each year with the capacity of the first trial event rising incrementally from 25,000 in the first year to 35,000 by the final trial in 2017.
The decision follows Byron Shire Council move to draft a policy seeking to restrict the number of large-scale music festivals staged in the northern NSW town of 29,000 to two.
The council and festival organisers have been at loggerheads over the decision to move the festival to Yelgun after organisers decided the event had outgrown Belongil Fields.
For the past two years, Splendour In The Grass was held at the Woodfordia on the Sunshine Coast as organisers fought for council to approve the event being held at North Byron Parkland.
But earlier this year, Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham welcomed the event back to Byron heralding the festival's return to Belongil Fields in July.
Splendour organisers today indicated the event would move to North Byron Parklands next year, effectively locking out Queensland for good.
“It's great to be bringing Splendour back permanently to Byron where the festival began,” co-producer of Splendour Jessica Ducrou said in response to the announcement.
The PAC highlighted the economic and environmental benefits of bringing the festival back to Byron in its decision.
The approval requires no more than 10 event days in total to be held each year with no single event exceeding four days in length.
Comment was sought from Byron Shire Council.