Victoria

Maitreya festival to go ahead at new location

An electronic music and alternative lifestyle festival that looked set to be canned will go ahead after all, with organisers saying they have found a new location. 

The Maitreya Festival planned for Wooroonook Lakes, near Charlton from March 11 to 14 was cancelled after Buloke Shire council refused to grant them a permit. 

Maitreya Festival is back on after organisers say they have found a new location.
Maitreya Festival is back on after organisers say they have found a new location.  Photo: Lenny Maddy

Mayor Reid Mather had earlier told Fairfax Media the organisers did not provide the necessary documentation and the decision was made with "great disappointment".

On February 29, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) upheld the shire's decision and ordered the organisers to post a notice about the cancellation of the event on their Facebook page

Maitreya Festival usually attracts up to 10,000 punters to the Buloke Shire.
Maitreya Festival usually attracts up to 10,000 punters to the Buloke Shire. Photo: Lenny Maddy

The festival, which's slogan is "Unlabel yourself, unbrand yourself, transform yourself", attracted about 10,000 visitors to the area last year. 

The shire's own research found last year's event put $2.1 million in the pockets of local businesses.

A recently started Save Maitreya Facebook group started by locals has nearly 4000 members.

There is a rival Facebook page, Maitreya Festival give us back our money, but it had fewer than 50 supporters on Friday.

On Friday, organisers announced they had secured another venue near the old one, though they did not reveal the exact location. 

 

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Fairfax Media approached the organisers and the Buloke Shire Council for comment. 

- with Kieran Iles, Patrick O'Neil and Anna Whitelaw