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August 9, 2007

Blues fest in Belongil next year, then Tyagarah

This was on the Northern Star today ...

You will notice how they say "We'll move to that site when everyone is happy. but we assume that only applies to council, not to locals!


Blues Fest may move to Belongil

09.08.2007
By Nerida Blok
THE East Coast Blues and Roots Festival is on the move again.

Yesterday venue manager for the popular annual five-day music event, Brendan Meek, confirmed organisers will be lodging a development application with Byron Shire Council to host next year's festival at Belongil Fields, the site where last weekend's rock concert Splendour In the Grass was held.

Mr Meek said the impending move was due to the Blues Festival having outgrown the football grounds at Red Devil Park.

"We have parted ways with the footy club," Mr Meek said.

"We just outgrew the site. "Red Devil Park is 3.

4 hectares and Belongil Fields is 10.5 hectares, so it's three times the size. At Red Devil Park last year we had 16,000 festival goers, whereas Belongil Fields has just held Splendour In The Grass with 17,500. So we'll have room for an extra 1,500."
It won't be the first time the Blues Fest has been held at Belongil. For its first three years, it was held on the grounds of the old Byron Bay piggery before moving to Belongil Fields for four years.

Red Devil Park has been its home for the past 10 years.

Mr Meek said the return to Belongil, however, would only be an interim measure.

We have purchased land at Tyagarah (300 acres)," he said. "We plan to move there once we have all the boxes ticked and everyone is happy. We don't want to go there half done.

He said it would be great if that move could happen for the festival's 20th anniversary in 2009.

That would be nice," he said. Whether or not that happens, it's not the driving force. We'll move to that site when everyone is happy."

But what if the DA for Belongil is rejected?

"We don't think that will be the case. Weve done our homework and had meetings with council.This was on the Northern Star today ...

You will notice how they say "We'll move to that site when everyone is happy."" but we assume that only applies to council, not to locals!


Blues Fest may move to Belongil


09.08.2007
By Nerida Blok
THE East Coast Blues and Roots Festival is on the move again.

Yesterday venue manager for the popular annual five-day music event, Brendan Meek, confirmed organisers will be lodging a development application with Byron Shire Council to host next year's festival at Belongil Fields, the site where last weekend's rock concert Splendour In the Grass was held.

Mr Meek said the impending move was due to the Blues Festival having outgrown the football grounds at Red Devil Park.

"We have parted ways with the footy club," Mr Meek said.

"We just outgrew the site. "Red Devil Park is 3.

4 hectares and Belongil Fields is 10.5 hectares, so it's three times the size. At Red Devil Park last year we had 16,000 festival goers, whereas Belongil Fields has just held Splendour In The Grass with 17,500. So we'll have room for an extra 1,500."
It won't be the first time the Blues Fest has been held at Belongil. For its first three years, it was held on the grounds of the old Byron Bay piggery before moving to Belongil Fields for four years.

Red Devil Park has been its home for the past 10 years.

Mr Meek said the return to Belongil, however, would only be an interim measure.

We have purchased land at Tyagarah (300 acres)," he said. "We plan to move there once we have all the boxes ticked and everyone is happy. We don't want to go there half done.

He said it would be great if that move could happen for the festival's 20th anniversary in 2009.

That would be nice," he said. Whether or not that happens, it's not the driving force. We'll move to that site when everyone is happy."

But what if the DA for Belongil is rejected?

"We don't think that will be the case. Weve done our homework and had meetings with council.

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March 20, 2007

Blues Festival has purchased Tyagarah Ti Tree farms

We've heard from multiple sources that Peter Noble has bought the Ti Tree Farm.

We have to assume he isn't just talking about one or even two festivals a year, if that was all they wanted then the site owned by Splendor in Yelgun would have made sense. So its likely still to be regular loud events throughout the year.

Hopefully, it won't be easy - as we all know that site floods, in fact if the festival had been held there in 2006 then it would most likely have had to be evacuated as waters were rising. Whether the site actually flooded is irrelevant, unless Peter Noble is a better predictor of when a potential flood will turn into a real one than the people who lost their vehicles in the big flood a few years ago.

We know there will be traffic impacts, and major noise impacts -people who live in Myocum, Andersons Hill, east and west Tyagarah, Manse Lane, McAuley's Lane are all going to be listening to a melange of multiple stages on many nights of the year, putting up with people camping in their backyards, increased risk of fires and all the other impacts of greatly expanded festivals

If you are concerned about this, and want to be part of an action group to challenge it, please contact nobluesfest@tyagarah.org

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January 22, 2007

Bluesfest boss scouting for site Bluesfest boss scouting for site

According to the Northern Star, Peter Noble is on the hunt for a site for the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival again, "121 acres within 15 mins of Byron Bay". Hopefully he's learned from the flooding during last year's festival how unsuitable his previously chosen site in Tyagarah is. Gray's Lane was waste deep during the festival, which should have been enough to trigger an evacuation of the site!

You have to wonder ... if it was just for the Blue's festival, why the site that Splendour bought near Yelgun is unsuitable, but on the other hand if its for multiple events all year.....

Read on for the article from the Northern Star.

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October 27, 2006

Site in north of shire sold for concerts

This article was on the Northern Star.

It is notable that it is a Splendour linked consortium rather than Blues Fest, as we know they were looking at it. This means the Blue's festival might still be looking for some other place to impose their festival on.

Possible new site for Byron music festivals

21.10.2006

BYRON Bay's biggest music festivals could move to the far north of the shire.

Ocean Shores developer Chum Vidgen and a Murwillumbah businessman have sold a vast tract of land, with natural amphitheatre-like areas, to a consortium of 15 people associated with Byron Bay's Splendour in the Grass music festival.

Council and real estate officials say the site is the ideal venue for most of Byron's music gigs, including the annual Blues and Roots festival.

The land stretches across both sides of Jones Road in the very north of Byron Shire towards Wooyung Road on the border of Tweed Shire.

Mr Vidgen confirmed the sale had been settled on Monday but said consortium member Brandon Saul had "the right to make any announcement".

Mr Saul said he was simply one of a consortium of 15 "like-minded" people but declined to elabo- rate on future plans.

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May 24, 2006

Submission made on Far North Coast Strategy

To whom it may concern.

We recently heard from Valerie Thompson at the Total Environment Center that the Department of Planning stated it had only received 60 submissions, on the FNC strategy.

I would like to formally submit on behalf of the Tyagarah Progress Association, also known as the Tyagarah Sustainable Community Alliance, in support of the Total Environment Center's submission on the Far North Coast Strategy.

We have specific concerns that the strategy does not address the significant community planning and support for the environment in the Byron Shire, and is in effect "dumbing down" planning to the lowest level.

We are support of state planning where it sets MINIMUM standards for environmental protection, to prevent the damage that can be done in such a short time by rogue or corrupt councils such as that recently in the Tweed, but believe that local councils could and should be able to set higher standards than any in state plans.

In stead of developers pushing for exemptions to allow development, it should be the other way around, communities should be able to push for exemptions to toughen up the standard and protect our critical coastal environment.

I look forward to hearing that our submission has been received and counted.

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April 7, 2006

Misner behind Tyagarah boarding house?

The developer of the proposed boarding house in Tyagarah has embarked on a charm offensive. Residents of Buckley’s Hill report that he’s talked to almost all of them, describing his plans for the area.

But with talk of fencing off the lakes, 16 cabins already approved, a possible horse riding facility and a proposed boarding house, some residents fear a mini-Becton, housing students instead of tourists, is being planned for the two adjacent sites.
The history behind the site is intriguing. Studio Effects, a company controlled by Sydney-based developer Michael Hunter, in late 2003 purchased the property, covering about 10 acres, for $1.3m. The existing building was then demolished and approval was obtained for a new residence. A besser block ground floor was erected over two years ago but council officers apparently halted further building work.

One local resident said that prior to council officers visiting the site a tarpaulin covered with rubbish was placed over the plumbing in what appeared to be a toilet block. Just this one room featured ?? 10 waste water pipes, apparently in preparation five showers and five toilets, all in a row along one back wall. The residence was either to accommodate a very big family or it wasn’t a typical family residence at all. No one knows whether the council stopped the development because the five-metre boundary had been infringed or whether officers had seen and taken exception to ‘the bathroom’ plumbing.

According to the developer, it’s proposed that the boarding house be used as accommodation for students of the SAE but residents fear Tom Misner has a bigger hand in it than just supplying students. Misner was seen on a number of occasions on the property around the time of the purchase and real estate agents who operate in the area, along with many locals, have long held the belief Misner owned it. Indeed, Tyagarah resident Belinda Fleming once called Misner, believing he owned the land on which the southern tea trea lakes were situated, and asked whether she could swim in them. He gave her his permission.

Residents of Wilson’s Creek, the site of another proposed boarding house in which Tom Misner was believed to be implicated, will be familiar with the modus operandi. Council officers are now considering the development before making their recommendation to councillors.

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September 14, 2005

Australian

The Weekend Australian carried an article on the Blue's Fest, and the communities opposition to it.

You can view a scan of the pages here and here.

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August 17, 2005

Blues fest: letter in the Northern Star

Aug 16:
In regards to your story about an arts venue in Byron: I would like to say Byron Bay is certainly in need of an arts venue but certainly not one that puts on music festivals that make a lot of money for people who put nothing back into the town. All they seem to want is to take, and for Peter Noble I think it's basically a way for him to make a lot of money and take it out of the town and not give anything back. There is nothing art about Peter Noble or the people he works with. True artists starve up here because there is nothing for them, and certainly music festivals don't provide arts to the area. I think the whole article is basically in-correct. John Balson, Mullumbimby.

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August 12, 2005

Blues Festival rears its head again

Just when you thought that a meter of water over the site last month would have put an end to this crazy plan.

Peter Noble has an article in the Northern Star today, which appears below

There is also a section in the editorial, that calls for comments. Please could everyone who gets this pop off a short email to the Northern Star, you know the issues by now - noise, traffic, flooding, qld party goers etc etc

Send them to opinions@northernstar.com.au or call the feedback-line on 6624-3266

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August 8, 2005

Report on 2005 Blues Festival

The Blue's Festival's report on their concert this year is being presented to council on Tuesday 8th August

See council's website www.byron.nsw.gov.au to figure out the times etc if you want to go along ...

See "File"

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May 21, 2005

Northern Star:Too many people are playing different tune

From a six-part series in the Northern Star...

Organisers of the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival say it is growing too large for its home at the Red Devil's football fields, yet they are struggling to find a more suitable site to expand, while the Splendour in the Grass music festival has come under attack by tourism expert Professor Robert Waldersee, of Queensland University of Technology, for adding to Byron Bay's escalating partytown reputation.

The quandary facing the town's community, business leaders, council and event organisers is how to balance the benefits the festivals may bring against the impacts they are having on a town already bursting under the pressure of popularity. Prof Waldersee has challenged the town to rethink what the big events are doing to Byron Bay's reputation, but at the same time he says hosting a range of smaller festivals aimed at attracting a different type of visitor could be the salvation of a town spiralling down under the dual pressures of development and tourism.

Keep reading for the rest ...

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April 20, 2005

Letter to council

A letter has been sent to all councils, telling them about the publicc meeting, and the concerns raised by the 80+ people attending.

Read it here

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April 9, 2005

Concert venue floods, people and horses have died before

As a Tyagarah resident, I am amazed at the proposal to have a large “Cultural” Events venue on a property that clearly floods.

According to George and Ann Gray, who used to keep horses on the property in question, horses have drowned there in the past and there was not enough time to get them out of the paddocks due to how quickly the floods rose. Also one man familiar with the flooding was drowned and found up in a tree.

Even the lower highway into Byron, which is higher than this property in question, is clearly marked with flood depth measuring poles and has in the past flooded, which would make leaving the site even more difficult.

Four years ago Grays lane, which is close to the proposed venue and part of the same flood zone, flooded to chest height in just two hours. There is no possible way to raise the level of this proposed venue without affecting the drainage of the entire area.

Using this property as a venue would be seriously jeopardizing many innocent people’s lives just to trade on the Byron name and make a buck.

There are other venues that are perfect for what the organizers need for such large scale events.

How could anybody in their right mind hope to get 30,000 people who are possibly drunk or stoned off a property in under two hours, when it is never clear that these are the two important hours because the rain can let up and there might be no flood.

I find this proposal criminally negligent and any deaths resulting from it, will I am sure be prosecutable. May common sense prevail!

Isaac Shapiro

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March 31, 2005

Here and Now: a permanent large-scale venue proposed for the Shire

At the crossroads of defining itself, Byron Bay considers the consequences of its reputation as a party town. Meanwhile developers plan to bring even more large scale concerts to the area using the beloved Blues festival as the Trojan horse. Will locals see beyond the skilfully marketed ‘music and culture’ façade, and into the real agenda of big business?

The rest of the article from the Here and Now is here ....


See "File"

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March 30, 2005

Echo: Talks begin on Tyagarah venue plans


Consultants for the East
Coast Blues and Roots Music
Festival Pty Ltd met with
residents of Tyagarah and
Council representatives
recently to discuss plans for a
concert venue behind the
Tyagarah service station.


Attempts to reach Peter
Noble from the Blues Festival
were unsuccessful and his
consultants declined to comment
on the issue or the matters
discussed at the community
consultation meeting.
The Echo understands that
the purpose of the meeting
was to define residents’ objections
to the concert venue.
Following the community
consultation session, the Tyagarah
Sustainable Community
Alliance called a meeting
of local residents to assess
reaction to the proposal.


‘Residents were overwhelmingly
in agreement
with their desire to stop the
development in its tracks
before it proceeded any further.
Concerns included loss
of neighbourhood amenity
and safety, unsavoury uses of
surrounding land, traffic,
effect on surrounding wildlife
and reserve, noise and light
pollution. Residents felt that
the kind of tourism such a
venue would bring would
only contribute to the growing
party atmosphere of the
Byron area,’ the Tyagarah
Sustainable Community Alliance
said in a press release.


‘What we need is a community
owned and operated
cultural events centre that
serves the community and
hosts appropriately-sized
events that benefi t local residents
and businesses,’ said
Tyagarah resident, Isaac Shapiro.
‘Not a corporately
owned mega venue.’


Councillor Tom Tabart
who attended the public
meeting last week told The
Echo, ‘I was quite happy initially
with the proposal to
move the Blues Festival providing
the site could be
proved to be environmentally
and socially acceptable for
the purpose. But they lost my
support when they expanded
their plans to describe it as a
major events site with permanent
buildings and four or
more major events a year.’


‘I oppose it on the grounds
that it is an imposition on
locals, but also I have grave
concerns about the traffic
and the impact on the small
towns of Brunswick Heads
and Mullumbimby of anything
up to 3,000 campers.
As we are reassessing our
tourist structure to make it
more family friendly, I don’t
think this is an appropriate
venue.’


A development application
for the proposed venue has
not yet been lodged as studies
are still under way.

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Blues festival outgrows venue: police (ABC)



But .. The pollice seem to think the crowds are too big, this from the ABC today ....


Police say larger crowds for this year's East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival at Byron Bay, on the New South Wales north coast, pushed the event location to its limit.


The acting commander for Tweed-Byron, Owen King, says despite the big numbers, the crowd was well-behaved.


Inspector King says traffic into Byron Bay was the usual Easter nightmare, but traffic offences and accidents did not reflect the increased population.


However, he says from the perspective of police management, the Red Devil's football ground has reached its use-by date as a venue location.


"At the moment the capacity of that ground is getting to its limit," he said.


"I know the organisers are looking at a different location still within the Byron Shire, but at this stage I don't believe the Red Devil's park can take any more numbers in the amount of people that do turn up to this event."

See "File"

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Northern Star - one more year at Red Devil



There is an article in the Northern Star today, that the Blues Festival will stay at Red Devils Park for another year.


Its good in some ways - gives us another year of piece and quiet, but its not over yet, presumably this gives the developers another year to prepare a response to the inevitable community outcry.



MICHAEL Chugg is chuffed.


The newly-appointed East Coast Blues and Roots Festival director yesterday described the 16th annual festival as: �Fantastic, absolutely wonderful and trouble-free�.


He also confirmed the Blues would stay at Byron Bay, at Red Devil Park, for another year.


The announcement follows speculation that the festival, and the accompanying 75,000 people who file through the gates over five days, would be moved to a more permanent site at a 162-hectare tea tree farm at Tyagarah by next Easter.


Mr Chugg confirmed the move was still being considered, but not in the immediate future.


"We�ve announced that we are staying at the Red Devils for now," he said.


"There�s nothing solid worked out about the future yet.


"But, obviously with a sell-out event, I think we have to look for somewhere larger."


As well as keeping the same venue for next year�s blues, and, after seeing out his first festival as a new director, Mr Chugg said there was little else he would change about his new project.


"We were blessed with great weather and the crowds have been absolutely trouble-free," he said.


"It�s not very often you get crowds that well behaved.


"There will be a few changes I�ll make next year, maybe to the site layout, that�s about it."


As the big-tops were pulled down at Red Devil Park yesterday afternoon, thousands of bleary-eyed festival-goers migrated into town � wandering off to the beach, the streets, or melding into queues for the coaches that will deliver them back home.


And the entertainment that kept them happy over Easter was also on the move. The ferris wheel that entertained 3000 giddy revellers is on its way to Toowoomba for the annual agricultural show, the Mojo stage that played host to the Dave Mathews Band is off to Lismore for the Big Top under the Stars, and Michael Chugg and his headline act, REM, set off for their next gig in Brisbane.

See "File"

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March 26, 2005

northern star on move to tyagarah


There is an article in the Northern Star today about the Blue's Festival's new owners intentions to move to Tyagarah.



While the ‘spirit’ of the festival may not change, both promoters confirmed a major change of venue, from Red Devil Park to the tea tree farm at Tyagarah, was in store.


"We’re at a pussy’s bow with the venue," Mr Wheatley said.


"Ultimately we think we could do a better job with more permanent facilities.


"But, we are very mindful of the culture and environment of the area."


Mr Chugg stressed the new festival home would not become an all-year-round party site, despite the concerns of nearby property owners.


"There’s been a lot of information spread about that’s not even close to what we’re on about," Mr Chugg said.

.....

See "File"

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March 21, 2005

Press Release: Residents gather to express concern about large corporate-owned permanent concert venue site in Tyagarah

March 21, 2005 – Tyagarah. About 80 residents from Tyagarah, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores and Byron Bay showed up to a public meeting at the Tyagarah Hall Monday night to express their concern over a proposed large-scale permanent concert and events venue. The venue is planned to host many large-scale events in the future, including a larger Blues Festival and at least three additional similar-sized events per year.

Residents were overwhelmingly in agreement with their desire to stop the development in its tracks before it proceeded any further. Concerns included loss of neighbourhood amenity and safety, unsavoury uses of surrounding land, traffic, affect on surrounding wildlife and reserve, noise and light pollution. Residents felt that the kind of tourism such a venue would bring would only contribute to the growing party atmosphere of the Byron area.

Councilor Tom Tabart was at the meeting and said that he was adamantly against the proposal. “When I first heard about the proposal – and it is every bit as large as being suggested here – I thought, ‘How awful!’ Cr. Tabart suggested that the community remain very active on the issue.

“The Blues Festival, and other events like it, like the New Years Eve party, are ruining retail business in Byron Bay,” said a Byron retail business owner. “Anyone who thinks this kind of tourism is good for business is wrong.”

“What we need is a community owned and operated cultural events centre that serves the community and hosts appropriately-sized events that benefit local residents and businesses,” said Tyagarah resident, Isaac Shapiro. “Not a corporately owned mega venue.”

The DA for the proposed development has not yet been lodged and the proposed land has not yet been purchased.

For more information contact Kali Wendorf 02 6684 4353 kali@byronpublications.com

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March 15, 2005

Echo Letters: No to big events



Dieter Horstmann’s cropcircle
must have been drawn
by an alien from another
planet if he thinks locals are
going to get behind this
scheme!


I, and I believe most of
Dieter’s neighours, moved to
Tyagarah because while we
love the progressive, alternative
scene of Byron Shire,
and its stunning natural
beauty and beaches, we don’t
love the drunken party-town
that Byron Bay has become.
Most of us prefer not to go
near town on New Year or
Easter.


I have many friends who
need the tourists for their
income, and respect that.
However if Byron Bay has
fi nally woken up and realised
that it doesn’t need that
particular demographic, then
please don’t spread the mess
out to the rest of the Shire.


Wouldn’t it make more
sense to come up with constructive
ways to discourage
it – for example by making
the entire town dry, or the
dance parties with music that
appeals to an older or more
alternative demographic.


Locals worried about this,
or the Blues Festival’s plans to
build a major venue in
Tyagarah (double the current
size and many more large
events) are encouraged to
come to a community meeting
Monday March 21 at
Tyagarah Hall opposite the
airstrip at 6.30pm. For more,
email {deleted}.

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March 8, 2005

Echo Letters: Pros and cons of relocating the Blues Fest



It is hard to imagine that
anyone with an interest in the
social environment of Byron
Bay could support the
recently revealed plan to
locate a permanent venue for
outdoor rock concerts at
Tyagarah.


What could be more
destructive to the environment
than 30,000 people
converging on a small area
with no infrastructure,
10,000 of them camping?


How can the effect of noise
pollution from such an event
on animals in the immediately
adjacent national park, let
alone nearby residents, be
brushed aside?


Proposals like this warrant
the same dispassionate evaluation,
whether the applicant
is a multi-millionaire in a
suit, a multi-millionaire in a
pair of jeans, or anyone else.


The social fabric of Byron
Bay is fast being destroyed by
the constant infl ux of people
with no real motivation
behind their visit than a
desire for a good time. Mayor
Jan Barham is correct in
pointing to the need for
Byron Bay to shake off its
‘party town’ image and
attract more families and
people respectful of Byron’s
unique environment.
Outdoor ‘musicfests’ do not
go far down this path.


This proposal appears to
involve far more than an
alternative site for the Blues
& Roots Festival. The underlying
goal appears to be to
establish an outdoor venue
for international and major
local acts where the promoter
gets the revenue from all
aspects of the event down to
but not including the sale of
drugs. With a licence to print
money, you can bet there’ll
be regular pressure for an
increased frequency of events.
Council has more pressing
matters to deal with than to
ad dress this every six
months.


Byron Shire does not need
the kind of notoriety these
events will bring, or the low
revenue, high impact tourism
that comes with it. Let the
promoters move to the Gold
Coast or to a struggling town
that needs it.


Stephen Huntsman,
Byron Bay

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March 1, 2005

Echo Letters: Bluesfest changes



Thank you for the news
about the Blues Festival
moving to Tyagarah. I hope
that before the Festival managers
purchase the land,
they lodge a Development
Application (DA) for the
activity they intend to run
there. That will allow me to
lodge my objections before
they pay a market price
based on their own assessment
of the property’s
future. At this stage Council
may have indicated a
green light but public support
has not been tested. We
may not want Tyagarah to
be the new sacrifi cial lamb.


I will object to the events
as they are now run but on
the new site because (i)
15,000 people is too many
to introduce to the Shire at
any one time, especially over
Easter but at any time; (ii)
the Festival serves nonlocals
with non-local music
and can easily be held (as
Mr Noble says, in The Echo
two weeks ago) in Ballina or
Tweed Shires, or at Woodford.
That is, unless the Festival
is marketed on the basis
of the Byron name-tag. In
that case the moves to other
Shires are just empty
threats.


To avoid disappointment,
lodge a DA before you buy.


Duncan Dey,
Mullumbimby

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February 22, 2005

Echo Letters: The Scope of Events at Tyagarah


It was great to see the Echo crack open the secrecy around the Blue's Festivals plans for Tyagarah. There were a few omissions that I feel are necessary to give the full story so for the record, on behalf of the Tyagarah Progess Association, I would like to clarify a few points:


  • Our concern is not over the Blues Festival per se, but over the 'additional bigger events that could happen several times a year,' as per the developers and also as per a council source.

  • We received information that the council had given Blues Festival developers an 'unofficial green light' from someone attending the meeting between council, council staff and the promoters, which suggests, at the very least, a certain positive reception towards these plans - - without any community consultation.

  • Our largest objection is that to date neither council, nor the developers have formally sought to notify or clarify any of the information with which we are concerned.

  • The Blues Festival team seems to have taken lessens in counting houses impacted from the RTA ! If only 5 houses could hear the Blues Festival that would be fine, but as anyone who drives in that end of town during the Blues Festival knows many people for kilometers around will be unable to sleep, or function in their homes during the time of these events.

  • The shire already attracts many talented performers who perform at venues such as the A+I, what the shire doesn't need is the impact of a venue specifically designed to attract ten's of thousands of weekenders from the Gold Coast and Brisbane, many times a year.


These 'additional larger scale events' could have an immense impact not only on the Tyagarah community, but also on the surrounding areas depending on their size and scope. There are many rumours as to the size of these events, ranging from Splendor in the Grass type events to Big Day Out. None of which have been confirmed or denied. One thing is for sure, if such events are brought to town, and brought often, in order to economically support a permanent venue - the Blues Festival will serve to be a thin end of a wedge that will radically affect infrastructure, amenities and social well-being for us all.


We look forward to improved communication between the progress association, the developers and council so that we may work together co-operatively for a positive sustainable outcome.


Kali Wendorf, President, Tyagarah Progress Association

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February 15, 2005

Echo: Bluesfest on the move?



The Blues and Roots Festival
promoters are investigating
a site in Tyagarah as a
new venue for their annual
event.


‘We have been having
meetings with Byron Shire
Council for fi ve years to fi nd
a land site, but there are not
a lot of suitable sites,’ said
one of the festival’s directors
Peter Noble.


The 400 acre tea tree farm,
which The Echo understands
has not yet been purchased,
lies to the east of the Pacifi c
Highway behind the
Tyagarah service station. Mr
Noble confi rmed that a fl ora
and fauna study and a noise
impact study had been
undertaken by his company.


‘The Tyagarah site has the
least amount of impact to
the least amount of people in
the Shire,’ said Mr Noble.
‘It is 400 acres right beside
the highway and there are
less than fi ve houses in the
immediate area.’


While a move away from
the Red Devils ground
would be welcomed by some
Byron Bay residents the
Tyagarah community has
voiced its concern about the
possible impact on the
neighbourhood.


The Tyagarah Progress
Association wrote to
residents recently expressing
their fears about the impact
on the surrounding area,
which they say has been
exacerbated by plans by
Dieter Horstman to host
festivals at his Tyagarah
farm.


In the letter, association
president Kali Wendorf says
the Blues Festival promoters
have been given an ‘unoffi cial
green light’ by Council for
the Tyagarah site, a claim
Mayor Jan Barham says is
not true.


In December last year
Festival directors, Peter
Noble, Michael Chugg and
Glenn Wheatley, met with
Councillors and staff to
discuss the suitability of the
Tyagarah location. ‘We told
them they must go through
all the proper investigations
and before they submit a
development application
they have to consult with the
community,’ said Jan Barham
on Friday. ‘I believe at the
moment they are trying to
gather information on the
site prior to going to the
community.’


Locations in Ballina and
Tweed Shires have also been
considered as alternative
venues, said Mr Noble, ‘we
have even looked at moving
to the Woodford site. We
won’t be staying at the rugby
league ground much longer
...but we could go anywhere
else.’


‘The Blues Festival is a
shining beacon in this area
and it's time for the
community to say they want
a site for these events,’ Mr
Noble said.


Kali Wendorf agrees that
the Shire needs a concert
venue. ‘There is a need for a
venue for cultural and
smaller concerts. Events
which reflect the cultural
landscape of this community.
My concern is that bigger
events are going to come in
that make the bottom line
work but those events are
where the amenity of the
Tyagarah community and in
fact the whole of Byron Shire
could be compromised.’
Mr Noble has accused the
Tyagarah Progress Association
of creating a storm in a
tea cup, however Ms Wendorf
told The Echo ‘When
the community is not notified all we have left is speculation.
For a community not
to be contacted at this stage
for something this big is not
conducive to trust.’


Meanwhile, Dieter Horstmann
says he is talking to a
group of promoters about a
New Year’s Eve event on his
Tyagarah Farm.


‘I want my place to be used
for open air functions and to
see how it is accepted by the
community,’ he told The
Echo. In 2001 Mr Horstmann
lodged a DA for a
7,000 patron Bob Dylan
concert. The application was
withdrawn when the RTA
objected to the concert
because of traffic issues,
however Mr Horstmann says
he will lodge another application
when plans for the
New Year’s Eve concert are
finalised.

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February 4, 2005

Tyagarah to be site of permanent large concert/event/festival venue

As you may have already read recently, The Blues Festival has been purchased by Michael Chug, Peter Nobel and Glen Weatly. They have plans to expand their operation into more events in the Byron Shire in the future so that the Blues Festival becomes one of several large events each year. Chug and company are in the process of trying to purchase the Tea Tree farm on the Pacific Hwy next door to the Tyagarah Service Station.

Prior to Christmas, they had a meeting with councilors and staff who gave them an ‘unofficial green light’ - without community consultation, nor with any communication to the community whatsoever - to proceed with their plans and indicated that ‘if certain guidelines were met, they would have a good chance of their DA passing’. The council feels apparently that this will meet their need to have a Byron Cultural Events Venue.

Tyagarah is on the verge of hosting multiple small, and many very large events each year, in addition the Blues Festival. The implications of this for the surrounding community are immense, not to mention the social and environmental impact that these ADDITIONAL large events will have on the larger Byron region.

To create further confusion, Dieter Horstman, in response to Chug’s plans, is himself lodging a DA for a large concert/event venue on his adjacent land. Separate from and in competition with Chug.

There are three issues:

* That council would indicate a ‘green light’ - unbinding or otherwise – with out community consultation or communication
* That there will be many events hosted in the narrow and vulnerable spot between the ocean and the highway in Tyagarah
* That Dieter wants in on the game too.


Rob Doolan is working along side Chug and company to help them with their D.A. They apparently would like to work closely with the community in this process. This requires that the Tyagarah Sustainable Community Alliance (TSCA / Tyagarah Progress Association) commit itself to represent the community in the form of several interested and concerned residents who would like to take on the initial stage of holding a public meeting.

Please contact us immediately if you are at all interested in becoming involved in the organisation of the first public meeting. Without your support, nothing can be done.

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May 8, 2003

Cement Works site

It looks like the site did sell, Council clammed up and wouldn't tell us who had bought it.

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August 8, 2002

Lot 2 Prestons Lane

People who wrote objections to this DA recieved the
following letter from Byron Shire Council.


Re Development Application No 10.2001.745.1; Proposal: Dwelling; Property
Description: Lot 2 DP 882985 Prestons Lane, Tyagrah


Council advises that a determination has been made in relation to the above
proposal. You are advised that the application was Refused on 4 August 2002. The
comments made in your submission were taken into consideration as part of the
assesment procedure. Should you wish to view a copy of the 'Notice of
Determination' you are advised that a consent register is available at Councl's
Customer Service Counter during the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to
Friday. Council thanks you for your interest in this matter. 

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May 6, 2002

Council Communications

A letter from TSCA to Robin Reed is being drafted and will be dealt with on email.

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Highway and Wildlife corridors

Marilyn responds that "fat cats in suits" were snooping around her property and the batch plant site taking notes. They wouldn"t tell her what they were there for. Professional Engineering Services which oversaw the highway work say the batch plant is to be sold by the RTA. This may create real development issues on the slip road. Bruce says that council has taken responsibility for some land near the highway, but its unclear where. Colin will go to council to find out what is happening and what the development constraints are for that land, he will also discuss the wildlife corridor and what needs to happen towards gazetting of that corridor. Bruce says that one of the operators of the batch plant has expressed interest in buying the land for a sand-blasting operation, and he wondered if such an operation would be noise-and-dust free as claimed. Bruce also said that the community has the best opportunity of resuming the land if it has an application in. Dianne will do an overview based on the the the wildlife corridor map and liase with Colin to combine it with the S94 plan and request that this is considered when any issue relating to land along the highway corridor is considered.

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Guidelines on consistent responses

Joel raised the issue of how we respond to DAs and keeping a consistent approach. We decided on considering the following issues when responding.

  • Being fair, i.e. where there are both positive and negative aspects, putting both in the DA responses,
  • Encourage community consultation, preferably before submitting DAs.
  • Support landowners who have shown their commitment to regeneration, rather than making promises for the future.
  • Appropriate scale of the development.
  • We take into account the opinions of the closer neighbors, and the consultation done with them.

Joel was encouraged to write a letter of support for Lisa"s DA but to hold off on sending it until we have heard the response of Tony and Ann (next door).  Joel will also talk to Lisa about her opinions on these guidelines having just gone through this process.

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April 1, 2002

Dieter

We have indicated through our solicitors Wroth Wall that we are open to
mediation. We have requested that all communication with members of the
association needs to go through him.

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Blues Festival Rumor

There has been no response yet to the rumor about the Blues Festival
coming to Tyagarah, but that is not surprising given the timing! Colin will
follow up.

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Hospital

No further information is available as to whether Tyagarah is a likely
site for the hospital. The survey by Owl research distributed in the Echo was
pointless, asking obvious questions but missing out on important issues of how
it impacted neighbors. It appeared to be another case of creating the appearance
of consultation.

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Cougars Land for Sale

Cougar's Land is for sale - at the corner of Buckleys and Grays Lane. We
are informed the price is about $1.5m

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March 15, 2002

Map of DP numbers in Tyagarah

Council has sent us a map showing the DP and Lot numbers for Tyagarah

See "File"

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March 4, 2002

Development Applications

There was discussion and support of getting people to bring their DA's to TSCA before going to council, so that the group can comment before its too late and also potentially send in their support of an application

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Hospital

There is also a rumor about the hospital site moving to Tyagarah, there were mixed feelings as to whether this was a good idea or not, which will partly depend on the location. It was decided to make this the main topic of the General meeting next month, and Gyan will check with "Owl Research" who aer drawing up the criteria for the site. The meeting date might be changed if Gyan finds out that we need to act quicker.

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Hancock's Hill

We think a concert promoter has bought Hancock's hill - the area where the road construction works is located just off the under-construction roundabout at the Mullum turnoff.

Colin will call the Blue's Fest about the rumor of it moving to Tyagarah, at this site or elsewhere.

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March 1, 2002

Council factsheet "What Rights Do I Have to Object to Development"

Council has produced a briefing entitled "What Rights Do I Have to Object to Development?"

Continue reading "Council factsheet "What Rights Do I Have to Object to Development""

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February 26, 2002

Buckleys

Ed said: [The update] mentions a withdrawl of a Buckley DA. I have not heard about this or which DA it refers to. Can you help me here please.

The only DA I know of is his tourist facility ammended DA to remove the boundary adjustment consent conditions.

Late last week, I had cause to make an inquiry with Council relative to the Status of this DA. Randell Evans of Council who is looking after this advised me that it has not been withdrawn. Further, he had feedback from the applicant quite some time ago of a possibility of the application being withdrawn but this to date had not resulted. A date to determine the DA has not been listed either.

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February 4, 2002

Lot 2 Prestons Lane

A submission was made. Several people also wondered whether a seven car garage, as shown on the plans, was normal on a single residential dwelling. It appears council are also concerned about the scope of this development as well as its siting, and landscaping in front of the views of its neighbors.

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Dieter - Tower

The D.A for the tower over his cave is still with council.

(This was later passed, and we believe that the Cave underneath it is not being pursued by council)

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Solicitor's Visit

Brad Heydon (without notice ) appeared at our meeting wanting confirmation of us going to mediation with his client. We advised Brad we would, as usual, make an announcement in our website minutes and await responses from our members as to what to do.

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Buckleys

Subsequent to the meeting, Jan Barham told us that this D.A. has been withdrawn.

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Crown Lands

A letter is on its way from Crown lands confirming in writing their statement to us about the ownership and use rights of various lands around this area.

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January 7, 2002

Lot 2 Prestons Lane

It was resolved to write a submission opposing moving the building. Commenting among other things that it ignores the previous building envelope (without which there would have been substantial opposition to the original DA), that it includes a windbreak that obscures several people's views, and that the council's analysis of the D.A. as having minimum impact is incorrect and sets a bad precedent for other developments. Other points may be included when the full D.A. is available.

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Dieter - Tower

It was resolved to write a submission opposing Dieter's Tower as it is effectively an extension of an unapproved building - the Cave.

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Buckleys

No progress, Buckley said that he was withdrawing his D.A. but didn't do so.

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December 3, 2001

Buckleys

John Buckley has received an extension to his DA mostly based on the new landowner (Cougar) with whom he needed a boundary adjustment (the extension neglected to mention that the ownership change was 2 or 3 years ago) and almost immediately put in a S96 to remove the requirement for the seperate access that needed this boundary adjustment, and several other of the conditions imposed after the community consultation that happened after the original DA. Many locals, and the TSCA made a submission on this S96 opposing going back on the negotiated agreement. Buckley said to at least one of his neighbors that he would withdraw the S96, but at this point has not done so. Apparantly this should be heard in council early next year. Buckleys property might or might not have been sold, its unclear. The boundary adjustment with Cougar is going ahead.

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September 3, 2001

Lot 2 Prestons Lane

Development Hot Spots: The lot at the west end of the lane has been sold, and the new owners planned a building which obscured the views of several houses. A petition was organized a few months ago (not through TSCA) and partly as a result council moved the location of the building on the plan to a place where it would not impact nearly as much. Unfortunately council made a mistake and didn't put a Section 88 clause to fix the building envelope to this new location. It was resolved that Joel could write a letter on our behalf objecting to any request to move the planned building back to its original location.

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July 2, 2001

Dieter

There was a report on recent meetings with council regarding serial development on Dieter Horstmann's property, and there was considerable concern - for example the bridge connecting the "Glider Warehouse" to the "Racetrack". A motion was put that "The organization should prepare a document for presentation to council showing our concerns over the stealth development of a resort and/or concert venue on Dieter Horstmann's property"

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June 8, 2001

Dieter - Hanger

Council's report on Dieter's DA for a hanger is attached. Warning - its about 4.5Mb (16 minutes download). Section 4.5 describes the environmental impacts.

See "File"

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June 4, 2001

Dieter - Tree felling

There has been correspondance with Green Power, North Power and the Council about the stuff up that allowed for DA to be passed that led to the tree clearing on Dieter's Way, but - we've sent letters out, especially concerned at council's slack procedures that allowed this to happen, so far there have not been any in-depth responses.

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May 19, 2001

Dieter - Tree felling

Kali wrote a letter to Northpower's Green Power group about the tree felling on Dieter's Lane.

Continue reading "Dieter - Tree felling"

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Dieter - Tree felling

A letter has been sent to Northpower's CEO about the tree clearing on Dieter's Lane

Continue reading "Dieter - Tree felling"

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May 17, 2001

Dieter - Tree felling

We discussed the ongoing response to the tree clearing on Dieter's way, a letter is going to all councillors to draw attention to council staff's inadequate procedures that didn't ask the obvious questions about how power was going to get to the site.

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May 3, 2001

Dieter - Tree felling

Of course, the main topic of discussion was the trashing of the environment on Dieter's Way. Of course, its too late to stand the trees back up again, and it looks like the whole thing was done legally - if the ethics are somewhat questionable. It turns out that the actual tree cutting was done at North Power's request in order to get a power cable to the new hanger, and since they are a statutory body they don't have to comply with the council's Tree Preservation Order. (Click for full size images)

Naturally, council staff should have asked about other damage that would be caused by the D.A. , but we also need to be vigilant and prompt them to ask the right questions in the future. We'll be writing to the council to express our concerns at the inadequate procedures.

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Watching development hot spots

(Kali, Colin) Not much more to say here, its an ongoing project and was the topic of the first half of the meeting. One noticeable weekness is that we don't have many active people from West Tyagarah, so if you are on the other side of the highway please keep an eye on the "boring page" at the back of the echo for worrisome D.A's and let one of the people above know if there is something we need to know.

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January 25, 2001

Dieter - Concert venue


Meeting to discuss concerns of local residents.


Local residents met with Dieter Horstmann on Monday night concerning
the proposed Bob Dylan concert  at Eagle farm, Tyagarah.


The concert is clearly defined as a test run, as it says in the D.A., “the
organisers have been planning to utilise the site for music concerts” and “the
organisers are utilising this opportunity to test the site.” Both the development
application and the organizers have made it clear that this could become a multievent
venue, with three to four big concerts a year. Not just a one off event.


This has caused a lot of concern for many residents. As a resident of Tyagarah
there are a few steps you can take to make your concerns heard.



  1. There will be a public meeting in Tyagarah hall on Tuesday 30th
    January at 7pm
    . Come and share your concerns with the councillors.

  2. Contact your local councillors and let them know how you feel, ask them
    to come to the meeting.

  3. A written submission to council objecting to “DA #01/0019”. This needs to
    contain the reasons for your objection, and can just be a simple letter.


Some of the objections you might have could be:



  • Noise pollution for extended hours.

  • Potentially drunk/drugged concert goers impact on a quiet neighborhood.

  • Security for local home owners.

  • Degradation or destruction of the local fauna and flora.

  • Infiltration into pristine nature reserve, beach, tea tree lake & private
    land for camping, fires etc.

  • Traffic impact on local residents.

  • Impact of major lighting.

  • Impact of a three day set up and take down for the concert to an area already
    impacted by highway construction.

  • Inadequate parking, 1500 parking spaces provided for 6000 people.

  • If this is only a test run for 6000 people, how many will there be at the
    next concert?

  • The potential for further ongoing development in the future?


Submissions to council should go to: The General Manager, P.O.Box 219, Mullumbimby
NSW 2482”, and have to arrive before 7th February.


Remember despite appearances this concert is clearly not planned as a one
off proposal.

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January 1, 2001

Map of Lot Lines around the airport

This is a scan of the lot lines around the airport.

See "File"

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Airport consultants report

A Byron Shire council consultant did a report on the Airport. This is a poor quality scan, it might be easier to review the original.

See "File"

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