NORTH BYRON PARKLANDS SEEKS EXTENSION OF TRIAL APPROVAL
North Byron Parklands (Parklands), now in its final year of operation under the current approval with the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E), is seeking an extension of its trial approval.
This modification seeks to extend the trial period dates by an additional 20 months to 31 August 2019. There are no other changes to the Concept Plan and Project Approval being sought.
The reason to seek extension to the trial approval is two-fold.
Parklands has submitted a Preliminary Environmental Assessment to the DP&E requesting approval for ongoing events after 2017. The proposal is classified as a State Significant Development (SSD) and will be assessed under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. On 18 January 2017, the Department issued Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the proposal.
The SEAR’s is a comprehensive list of environmental assessment requirements for the proposal. Parklands is committed to wholly responding to the SEARs requirements by undertaking detailed expert analysis and assessment of a wide range of technical matters, including consultation with key stakeholders and the broader community. Due to the extensive nature of the SSD it is envisaged that the assessment and approval timelines for the permanent application will extend well beyond the expiration of the Parklands trial approval period.
“No other changes to either the Concept Plan or Project Approval are being sought. Importantly, event days and patron numbers would remain the same as currently approved, as well as all other existing consent conditions. The only change would be the trial period dates, essentially extending the trial period by an additional 20 months. With our current two events, this translates into 14 event days over the 20 month period” continued Mat Morris.
Under the current trial approval Falls Festival Byron 17/18 cannot operate. Negotiations with several international artists are also well advanced for Splendour in the Grass 2018 and negotiations covering Splendour in the Grass 2019 will commence towards the end of this year.
“This application seeks to ensure that both Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron can operate while the State Significant application is processed by the DP&E. The proposed modification would address all relevant environmental and amenity matters associated with the trial period extension, and allow the continued monitoring of the performance of the events over this period” said Parklands General Manager Mat Morris.
Parklands has been seeking community input into its future plans and will shortly release details of these plans for the venue moving forward. Parklands continues to welcome community feedback which can be made in writing at email@example.com or PO Box 517, Bangalow, NSW 2479.
To read the full submission to the Department of Planning and Environment, please click here
Looking to the future
NORTH BYRON PARKLANDS (PARKLANDS)
Looking to the future
Parklands has now entered the final year of its five-year trial approval with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E), and we are now looking to the future.
To give certainty to the events that are held at Parklands, we are preparing our submission to the DP&E to make Parklands a permanent home for sustainable, world-class Arts and Cultural events in the Northern Rivers.
Please visit http://www.northbyronparklands.com/PEA-ESTIMATE.pdf and take the time to view a summary of the Preliminary Environmental Assessment. In the meantime, here the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.
20 festivals a year of 50,000 people! Is that true?
No, that’s not the case. As per the original approval submitted in 2010, Parklands is seeking approval for 12 event days between 25,000 and 50,000 patrons. The two existing events (Splendour in the Grass and Falls Byron Bay) currently take up 8 of these days, leaving the possibility of one additional large event.
The requested remaining 8 days would be for events under 25,000, For example, Parklands is now negotiating with a group to bring a running event for 2,000-3,000 participants.
- 12 event days per year with patron numbers between 25,000 and 50,000 noting that Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron currently occupy 8 of these days;
- 8 Event Days per year with patron numbers under 25,000.
It should be noted that under the existing trial approval Parklands has the ability to host a third event, however this has not occurred due to lack of interest, reflecting the current market realities of events in Australia.
Why does Parklands need ‘permanency’?
The venue has been operating in a trial capacity since our first event in July 2013. Over the years we have built a certain level of infrastructure to improve patron amenity (including award winning relocatable composting toilets and showers) however permanency will mean significant improvements to infrastructure that will better manage traffic, lighting, and sound. Permanency brings clear performance parameters around Parklands future operations.
Why is Parklands going to State Government for its permanent approval instead of Byron Shire Council?
Parklands has no choice in the matter. Like any development, Parklands must work within the requirements of the NSW planning law. Under the current planning framework, any regional development with a proposed capital value of more than $30million must be referred by Council to the Department of Planning and Environment.
Once approved as a permanent site, what’s stopping Parklands from applying for more festivals and even bigger crowds?
Three large events is the maximum number the venue can reasonably schedule. Given the bump in and bump out times associated with major events and the time needed to prepare the venue between the events, additional large events are not viable.
The patron capacity numbers requested as part of the state significant development application are the maximum numbers the venue can accommodate.
Where are all these people going to sleep?
Currently Splendour In The Grass, and Falls Festival each camp up to 20,000 patrons.
That means for Splendour 2016, approximately 12,500 patrons either sourced alternative accommodation north and south of the venue or lived locally (local ticket sales were over 3500 patrons).
For Falls Festival Byron 2016/17, approximately 3,000 patrons either sourced alternative accommodation north and south of the venue or lived locally (local ticket sales for Falls Byron Bay were 2489, meaning 511 sourced alternative accommodation).
Will Byron Shire Council have a role in overseeing events at Parklands?
Byron Shire Council will always play a role in regulating those compliance aspects that fall under the numerous planning and local government acts. Three Byron Shire Councillors (including Mayor Simon Richardson) are also members of the Parklands Regulatory Working Group (RWG). See below on the RWG.
What is the Regulatory Working Group (RWG) and who chooses the community representatives?
The RWG is a group set up to oversee the environmental performance of events at Parklands during the trial period. Byron Shire Council is required under the consent to nominate at least two (2) Community Representatives to sit on the RWG for a term of two (2) years. Parklands has no input over the nomination or selection process for the RWG Community Representatives. These are determined by Council (by Councillors casting their vote for preferred candidates sourced from the publicly advertised expression of interest). This year, Byron Shire Council advertised to fill two (2) Community Representative positions on the RWG and subsequently filled those 2 positions as per the nomination process.
Does Parklands pay rates to Byron Shire Council?
Parklands pays approximately $20,000 per annum in rates and charges to Byron Shire Council. It should be noted that Parklands does not have any connection to Council water and sewerage systems and receives no waste, recycling or organics bin services.
Parklands has always paid Council fees in relation to all compliance matters that fall under its jurisdiction such as food vendor inspections, waste water, etc. In relation to the State Significant Development, Parklands will be required to pay a S94 development contribution.
In 2016, Parklands paid $150,000 to Byron Shire Council as a direct contribution that was negotiated between both parties to increase the Yelgun interchange from one to two lanes. Parklands has also paid for sections of local roads to be sealed for residential amenity purposes.
How else does Parklands contribute to the Byron Shire?
A $1 per ticket levy has been in place since the first event held at Parklands with 100% of these funds distributed to community and environmental groups predominantly located in the north of the Shire.
In the last 3 ½ years Parklands and its two events have distributed $194,500 to local groups. This significant funding supports a diverse range of initiatives in the community including; Shores United Soccer Club, local Public Schools, community and neighbourhood Centres, local Community Halls, Shara Community Gardens, Landcare groups, Byron Youth Services; and Byron Homeless and Community Breakfast.
The events held at Parklands also create direct employment opportunities. In 2015, Splendour In The Grass and Falls Byron created 196 EFT (equivalent full time) jobs in Byron Shire representing 1.79% of the Byron Shire workforce.
Will Parklands build a Sewage Treatment Plant onsite to deal with patron sewage?
Parklands is well down the path of implementing a sustainable composting toilet and greywater treatment system that results in 90% of all wastewater and sewage being managed on site. Parklands has plans to expand these systems as part of the permanent approval with the aim of achieving a 100% treatment capability.
Has Live Nation bought into Parklands?
No. Parklands is 100% owned by Australians (many of whom are locals).
How does the Live Nation 51% ownership of Splendour in the Grass and Falls affect Parklands?
It doesn’t affect Parklands, it is still operated by the same team who started the festivals and will continue to be the case.
Parklands Community Meeting Notice
Parklands Community Meeting Notice
Members of the community are invited to attend a meeting to hear Parklands’ plans for the future as we enter the final year of our 5-year trial.
RSVP Essential at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sunday 12 February
Where: North Byron Parklands
Enter at main gate 126 Tweed Valley Way and follow the signs.
Falls Post event clean up
“These shots of the venue taken on Friday 6th of January 2017 show what a brilliant effort the post-event clean-up team have done.
While the Falls Festival Byron 16/17 festival was a huge success, rainfall in the dying hours of the event contributed to many patrons leaving behind quite a bit of rubbish and camping equipment. Pleasingly, we had several not-for-profit organisations collect lots of usable items, however it is important that patrons take responsibility for taking home what they bring to the event.
While it is acknowledged that camping equipment can be purchased cheaply, leaving it behind is not a sustainable practice and doesn’t support the many fantastic environmental programs Parklands undertakes.
"So please, don’t be a tosser.”
image © Kirra Pendergrass
image © Kirra Pendergrass
image © Kirra Pendergrass
image © Kirra Pendergrass
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS COMMUNITY GRANTS
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS COMMUNITY GRANTS
Eight Local Community Groups to Benefit from 2016 Funding
- Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre - $8,000
- Pottsville & District Men’s Shed - $5,000
- Mullumbimby Showground Trust - $4,750
- Brunswick Valley Meals on Wheels Service Inc. - $3,500
- Crabbes Creek Primary School P&C Association - $2,500
- Brunswick Nippers, Junior Surf Life Saving Club - $2,000
- Byron Youth Theatre - $1,000
- Ocean Shores Primary School - $5,000
Splendour in the Grass has proudly called the Byron Shire home for the past 16 years and is committed to supporting important local community initiatives.
Each year Splendour provides cash donations to worthy local community groups, totaling over $450,000 in grants throughout the Byron Shire since 2000. Some of the previous recipients have included Shara Community Gardens, Byron Community Centre, Billinudgel Pets For life Animal Shelter, Brunswick Valley Landcare, Brunswick Valley Rescue, Mullumbimy High School, Ocean Shores Soccer Club, Tidy Towns Ocean Shores, WIRES, Crabbes Creek Primary School, The Pocket Primary School and Brunswick Heads Primary School.
The response to the 2016 Splendour Community Grant call out was again very strong, with over 40 applications lodged. After careful review and much deliberation Splendour is thrilled to announce the beneficiaries of the 2016 Splendour in the Grass Community Grants!
Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre (Mullumbimby & Byron Shire) - $8,000
These funds will assist with purchasing grocery cards to distribute to those in need. Additionally, they will go towards items for the Shower program such as towels, toiletries and personal hygiene items.
Pottsville & District Men’s Shed (Pottsville) - $5,000
These funds will aid in the advancement of the health and well-being of men in the community, providing a safe and friendly environment in a workshop space.
Mullumbimby Showground Trust (Mullumbimby) - $4,750
These funds will allow for bush regeneration works in sections of the Showground Trusts’ rainforest zone.
Brunswick Valley Meals on Wheels Service Inc. (Byron Shire) - $3,500
To build on the current program of social activities and to help subsidise some of the costs for these activities.
Crabbes Creek Primary School P&C Association (Crabbes Creek) - $2,500
These funds will assist in an upgrade of the school canteen as well as food preparation areas.
Brunswick Nippers, Junior Surf Life Saving Club (Brunswick Heads) - $2,000
Three 8-inch foam boards will be purchased and used as a training tool for Nippers aged from 10 to 14.
Byron Youth Theatre (Ewingsdale) - $1,000
These funds will contribute towards a new production focusing on domestic violence and the impact this has on young people.
Ocean Shores Primary School (Ocean Shores) - $5,000
Year three of a five-year commitment to Ocean Shores Public School Music Program, which will see the school receive $25,000 over five years, providing long-term support for students at the school. The partnership is focusing on music in our community, targeting instrumental, percussion and choral education for students in Kindergarten to Year 2.
This year Splendour is donating $1 from every Event ticket sold to local groups and services, ensuring that those from all corners of the community can benefit from the annual event.
Pottsville & District Men’s Shed President Michael Ryan said “The members of the Pottsville and District Men's Shed are very pleased that the Splendour Community Grants Committee have granted our shed $5,000, as we are about to start the construction of our new shed on Black Rocks Sports Field, Pottsville. The grant is very timely. These funds will go a long way to help with the cost of fitting out the shed's meeting / socializing areas. A lot of our members just want to come along and socialize with other men in a friendly supportive environment. A men's shed needs to provide quiet areas where men can just have a good yarn, as well as providing work areas.”
“We are so happy to be able to give back to the place Splendour has called home for the past 16 years. Assisting with these local initiatives is very important to us, and we hope this contribution will play a part in enriching the lives of those in this community” said Splendour co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco.
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2016 COMMUNITY GRANTS
COMMUNITY GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!
It’s that time again! Splendour in the Grass is thrilled to announce that the 2016 Community Grant Fund is now open for applications.
Each year, Splendour in the Grass donates a portion of the event’s ticket sales to some of Byron Shire’s valuable local community groups. To date, throughout Splendour’s 15-year history, more than $450,000 has been distributed around our amazing host community. Previous grant recipients include Ocean Shores Tidy Town, Shara Community Gardens, Brunswick Valley Rescue, Pets For Life Animal Shelter (Billinudgel), Mullumbimby High School, Ocean Shores Public School (music program), Brunswick Heads Public School, The Pocket and Crabbes Creek Public Schools, Byron Youth Service and the Byron Homeless and Community Breakfast.
If you know of, or are a part of a community organisation within the Byron Shire that is in need of a monetary helping hand, you can download a copy of the application from here: https://splendourinthegrass.com/event-info/community-grants/
Alternatively, you can email us at email@example.com to receive a copy of the application form. You’ll need to complete and return your application before 5:00pm, Friday 15 July, 2016 It’s as easy as that!
Parklands ready to shine for the community
The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) has yesterday determined that North Byron Parklands (Parklands) be allowed to host small non-music focused community events on the site.
Parklands has always been viewed as a huge potential asset by community groups. With the venue currently operating for only 8 event days a year, this fantastic purpose built site now has been granted the opportunity to host non-music focused community events by groups such as local schools and not-for-profit organisations.
"We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to host small community events at Parklands. Over the past few years we’ve been approached by numerous schools and community groups all wanting to use our home to stage small, low-impact events. We truly believe Parklands will be a brilliant asset for the community, filling a current void for such facilities in the north of the Shire. We welcome the PAC's decision and we look forward to opening up our beautiful venue to these local groups,” said Parklands General Manager Mat Morris.
The PAC have also modified the existing sound limits so that lower-end frequencies are more clearly regulated. In making this determination they have stated:
"The modification seeks an increase of the permitted noise limits, not the actual noise generated. This is contrary to the perception that the Proponent requests to increase the actual noise emanating from the outdoor events…..The new restriction will not allow the Proponent to increase the actual noise emanating from the events. Overall, it would assist the Proponent to provide better noise management and to ensure that all necessary mitigation and management measures are in place across the two noise zones.” (Planning Assessment Commission, April 26, 2016)
These changes bring Parklands noise limits into line with other outdoor venues in NSW and across Australia. Setting absolute noise goals rather than “background plus limits” allows a much more precise level of monitoring and management of sound at this venue.
“We are pleased that the PAC have recognised that Parklands' previous operating conditions in relation to sound limits were not on a level playing field with other venues of its kind in Australia. We feel the PAC determination strikes the balance of preserving patron expectations and community amenity. There are now clear parameters around ‘bottom-end’ sound which had been previously unregulated. As previously communicated to the community, we are confident that these new limits will improve the amenity for certain residents affected by bass or lower frequency sound from events,” Mat Morris continued.
Falls Festival 2015-16     "The Green Team"
Parklands’ 3rd Annual Performance Report Released
Parklands' Annual Report good for Local Jobs and the Environment
Each year North Byron Parklands (Parklands) publicly issues a Performance Report covering events held at the venue over the previous year. The Performance Report is compiled in consultation with Government agencies including Byron Shire Council, Roads and Maritime Services and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. The community representatives from the Parklands Regulatory Working Group also provided further input.
General Manager of Parklands Mat Morris said,“One of the really positive key findings from the Performance Report is that the total economic output generated from the last two events held at Parklands was more than $107 million. The great news was that the Byron Shire accounted for $28.1 million of this output or 26%. But the really important statistic for this Shire was the creation of 196 Equivalent Full Time (EFT) jobs in 2015 which is significant as it represents 1.79% of the Byron Shire workforce”.
This year’s Performance Report (at just over 700 pages) includes 16 appendices highlighting the following key findings:
- No significant impacts on any flora during the reporting period (as documented by leading botanist Dr Robert Kooyman)
- No significant impacts on any fauna during the period (as reported by leading local ecologist Dr Mark Fitzgerald)
- Completion of the Yelgun Creek restoration program;
- 3,725 trees, shrubs and understory seedlings planted in new areas;
- Continuous improvement in traffic management; and
- More work to be done regarding management of noise for some residents.
Since the publication of this Performance Report, Parklands has been fined by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for breaching set noise criteria at some residential locations. Parklands are continuing to work with the Department and those affected in the community to improve performance in this area.
Mat Morris said, “Having now hosted 5 events at Parklands, the amount of data gathered across a range of aspects is substantial. Our annual Performance Reports are an important way of sharing our track record with community members and other interested parties. All of our Performance Reports are published on the Parklands website and we encourage anyone who would like to learn more about Parklands to download and read these reports”.
To read the complete Parklands 3rd Annual Performance Report please go to:
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS COMMUNITY GRANTS
Five Local Community Groups To Benefit From 2015 Funding
Waterlily Community Playscape Group (Ocean Shores) – $15,000
Mullumbimby High School (Mullumbimby) - $6,250
Ocean Shores Public School Music Program (Ocean Shores) - $5,000
Byron Homeless and Community Breakfast (Byron Bay) - $4,450
Pets for Life Animal Shelter (Billinudgel) - $2,500
Splendour In The Grass loves its home in Byron Shire and is committed to supporting local community initiatives.
Each year Splendour provides cash donations to worthy local community groups, totaling over $400,000 in grants throughout the Byron Shire over the past 15 years. Some of the previous recipients have included Ocean Shores Public School, Brunswick Valley Landcare, Brunswick Valley Rescue, Shara Community Gardens, Ocean Shores Soccer Club, Tidy Towns Ocean Shores, WIRES, Crabbes Creek Primary School, The Pocket Primary School and Brunswick Heads Primary School.
This year Splendour received an unprecedented number of applications. After careful review and much deliberation Splendour is thrilled to announce the beneficiaries of the 2015 Splendour In The Grass Community Grants!
Waterlily Community Playscape Group (Ocean Shores) – $15,000
To design and build a playground for the children of Ocean Shores and the wider community at Waterlily Park. Public playgrounds require specialist design and need to meet Australian standards for safety requirements.
Mullumbimby High School (Mullumbimby) - $6,250
These funds will be used as a contribution towards the costs to upgrade the sound and lighting system in the school hall.
The school’s current PA system is not suitable for the staging of music and drama productions. The upgrade will allow the school to stage more productions, showcase the students providing them with performance and production experience, offer the hall as a venue for hire and increase the community’s options for venues.
“The students and staff at Mullumbimby High are extremely excited and appreciative of the Community grant we have just received from Splendour in the Grass. It will allow our entertainment and music students the opportunity to work with some state of the art equipment in the fields of production and performing. It’s great to see a large event, such as Splendour, working with and giving back to the community. We have some very talented artists and production crew here at the school and are looking forward to seeing them in the future gracing the stages at Splendour.” Cameron Johnson, Deputy Principal, Mullumbimby High.
Ocean Shores Public School Music Program (Ocean Shores) - $5,000
Year two of a five-year commitment to Ocean Shores Public School Music Program.
Ocean Shores Public School, which will receive $25,000 over five years, providing long-term support for students at the school. The partnership is focusing on music in our community, targeting instrumental, percussion and choral education for students in Kindergarten to Year 2.
Byron Homeless and Community Breakfast (Byron Bay) - $4,450
Under the auspice of the Byron Bay Community Association, Byron Homeless and Community Breakfast provides free breakfasts each Thursday for local homeless and needy people. BBCA is serviced by 300 volunteers. The funds will be used to supplement the produce donated by local businesses and to engage a social worker to provide support at the Byron Homeless Breakfast.
Pets for Life Animal Shelter (Billinudgel) - $2,500
These funds will go towards insulating the roof of the shelter.
Pets for Life Animal Shelter Inc. (PFLAS) rescues cats and kittens from the Byron Shire Pound and other local area Pounds; some are dumped in the bush and not micro-chipped or de-sexed; some are from domestic violence, marriage break-ups, unable to rent situations, ill and elderly people who have to go into nursing facilities, etc. PFLAS re-homes on average one cat or kitten every 3 days.
This year Splendour is donating a total of $33,200 to local community groups, exceeding the proposed $30,000 allocation, in addition to providing cash prizes for the recent BYS Pocket Rocket band competition.
“We’re so happy to be able to assist these very worthwhile local initiatives we hope that will enhance the lives of many members of our community. Byron is a very special place that Splendour is proud to call home and we love this opportunity to spread the love around and give back to our local hood!” said Splendour co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco.
PARKLANDS MANAGERS BLOG
Our fifth event to date, Splendour In the Grass 2015 has come and gone and once again the feedback regarding the festival and the venue was very positive. Now in its third year at Parklands, we feel like the venue, the event is continuing to improve its performance across a range of measures. Both parklands and the event in conjunction with key stakeholders are constantly refining various systems and learning new ways to improve patron and community amenity along the way.
The Splendour event presents significant logistics and it literally takes a small army of paid and volunteer staff to prepare the venue for the long weekend. The pre-festival bump in went really smoothly and a huge shout out must go out to the fantastic team of contractors, staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to help create this nationally acclaimed mid-winter festival.
Many Splendour campers arrived on the Wednesday, which made for a smooth Thursday bump in for the balance of campers. Obviously the rain that fell on the Thursday and Friday generated some logistical challenges however contingency planning overcame all such issues.. The resilient crowd at Splendour took it all in their stride and were very good-natured about the mud and Friday night rain.
The composting toilets worked well and the best news is that many Splendour punters listened to venue and event advice and bagged their rubbish in the thousands of waste & recycling bags provided which help speed up the campgrounds’ cleanup.
Patron feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive and the feedback from the Rural Fire Service, NSW Police Force and NSW Ambulance and the event’s medical service providers reflected an extremely well-behaved crowd.
The number of calls to the community hotline were down on the previous Splendour event and with new technology in place to record each call, we now have a great opportunity to go back and review the calls and improve on our system and responses. This year a large portion of calls and emails came from neighbours wanting to provide information and advice regarding how aspects of the event could be improved to better assist the local community and that information was gratefully received.
A very sincere thanks must go to the team who manage our community hotline and our team out in the field (namely our community manager Neil) who work hard to address legitimate concerns within the local community.
Due to conditions on site over the weekend, not all planned trees were planted by Splendour punters who braved the mud. The balance of the one thousand plants purchased by Splendour was planted after the event by the Parklands bush regen team. These native plants were sourced locally by Splendour and forms part of their annual commitment to support the Parklands Habitat Restoration program.
Image courtesy of David Andreas
Image courtesy of David Andreas
Image courtesy of David Andreas
Last but definitely not least; I’d like to personally thank the wider community for their patience across the weekend. While most people I spoke to felt that the festival had continued to improve from event to event I do understand and acknowledge the continuing concerns of some residents.
Image courtesy of David Andreas
Parklands site five days after Splendour in the Grass 2015.
Stay tuned for Managers Blog
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2015 WRAP UP
The fifteenth annual Splendour In The Grass Music and Arts Festival took place at North Byron Parklands this weekend, delivering three massive days of music, art, craft, food, discussion and….yes, a fair bit of mud.
Splendour 2015’s epic line-up of over 100 acts played to a capacity 30 000 audience across four main stages, The Amphitheatre, Mix Up Stage, GW McLennan Stage and new addition Tiny Dancer.
On Friday evening Tkay Maidza drew a huge crowd to the Mix Up tent and they stayed on for the night, taking in Everything Everything, Porter Robinson and a monster set by Peking Duk complete with a video intro by The Hoff. Meanwhile over at the GW McLennan Stage Johnny Marr, Spiritualized and Ryan Adams played to a tent full of die hard and new fans. And in the Amphitheatre the rain didn’t stop a huge crowd taking in a hit after hit set by Mr Uptown Funk himself Mark Ronson and friends including Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.
On Saturday the sun came out again and The Grates made a triumphant return to the stage with a killer late afternoon set on the Amphitheatre Stage. Other highlights on Saturday included massively popular sets by Flight Facilities, Azealia Banks, Pond and The Wombats. Then Florence and The Machine capped off the day with an incredible soaring set, played to a packed and totally captivated Amphitheatre.
On Sunday Splendour’s resilient and (wood) chipper patrons embraced the muddy conditions and the return of the sunshine to take in some cracking sets by Aussie artists Vallis Alps, Holy Holy, Alpine, Last Dinosaurs, Thundamentals and Tame Impala as well as international artists The Districts, Wolf Alice, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, MS MR, Royal Blood and the mighty Blur, returning to Australia after 18 years.
Alongside the music, Splendour punters explored the many destination spaces at the show. They did workshops and got their glitter on at Splendour In The Craft; foraged at the many food and market stalls; practiced yoga, did dance workshops and meditation at The Global Village; danced their hearts out at the Tipi Forest; interacted with visual and performance artists and listened to lively discussion and debate at the Splendour Forum.
The sporadic inclement weather over the week of the show did damage the venue grounds. Splendour implemented a significant amount of ground works to make the event as comfortable and safe as possible for patrons. This work included spreading bark chips and gravel over problem areas across the site and hessian in the Amphitheatre to aid in the prevention of slipping.
For the 8th year Emergency Medics first aid services was appointed to provide around the clock care for patrons. The 80 strong health team included specialist emergency doctors and nurses who were supported by the team of paramedics and Crowd Care Services. The medical facilities operated 24 hours per day during the festival period. Although presentations were mainly due to foot related issues, we were pleased to see that the numbers were down on previous years. Thanks to everyone for listening to our messages and wearing appropriate footwear.
Co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco said “What a weekend! So much great music, art, craft, food and fun! Our thanks and love to all of our amazing patrons for their resilience, patience, and for making it a weekend to remember despite the weather. You guys are awesome. See you next year!”
Splendour organisers ask patrons to be patient and expect delays when leaving the site tomorrow morning. There will be food stalls open in the campgrounds so please take your time and be tolerant.
In response to the sporadic inclement weather of the past week , and the subsequent damage it has caused to venue, Splendour has been implementing a significant amount of ground works to make the event as comfortable and safe as possible for our patrons. This work includes spreading bark chips and gravel over problem areas across the site and hessian in the Amphitheatre to help prevent slipping. We will continue this work until the close of the show. We can't control the weather but we are doing everything possible to address problem areas across the site. Thanks and love to all of our amazing patrons for their resilience and patience!!
OCEAN SHORES PUBLIC EXCITED AT PROSPECT OF HOSTING SCHOOL'S CROSS COUNTRY EVENTS AT PARKLANDS.
As part of the current modification before the DP&E, NBP is seeking the ability to host small scale community events on site at Parklands. This will hopefully include Ocean Shores Primary School’s annual cross-country running event with children from running their race course at Parklands. These children are currently running their cross country event on the surrounding streets of Ocean Shores which means having to cross driveways and roads.
“There are about 360 kids enrolled at OSPS, including the kids in our support unit, who would benefit from Cross country being held at Parklands. The school cross country course is currently run through the surrounding streets and involves kids crossing driveways and roads. The current course is not ideal and it also puts our kids at a disadvantage in terms of competition. When our kids make it through to District carnivals many are knocked out of the competition simply because they have not been exposed to true cross country terrain. The ability to host cross country at Parklands would create an even playing field for our kids competitively speaking and it would also make a great day out for the entire school community. The grounds are really fantastic.'
Jeff Robinson, Acting Principal Ocean Shores Public School.
l to r: Mat Morris, General Manager Parklands, Finley Neylan (11), Charlie Ormiston (10), Jeff Robinson, Acting Principal Ocean Shores Public School Excited about the future for the school's cross country events at North Byron Parklands.
PARKLANDS SEEKS TO DELIVER POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR THE COMMUNITY
Now more than half way through its 5-year trial approval, Parklands can advise that its application to better manage
sound emissions and to host small scale community events at the venue will open for public exhibition today. As part
of the trial approval process Parklands has identified certain aspects of sound that could be modified to improve
In addition to improving the management of sound, Parklands is seeking the ability to host small community oriented
events, local school cross-country and sporting events along with more community tree plantings. This is in response
to direct requests from community groups looking to stage these events in a unique setting.
Included in the application is a proposal to set criteria to better manage lower frequency sound emissions from
events held at the venue. Analysis of noise data from past monitoring programs and from Parkland’s community
hotline reveals that bass frequencies can be intrusive if not properly managed especially if wind and other weather
factors come into play.
North Byron Parklands General Manager Mat Morris said, “To date, Parklands has successfully managed a broad
range of performance indicators but we acknowledge that noise still requires some fine-tuning. We’ve listened to
members of our community and by setting clear sound limits we hope that event operators can better manage the
intrusive component. Ultimately we are seeking clear criteria for our sound levels so that we can deliver events that
provide positive outcomes for both our local community and event patrons.”
He continues, “Managing sound is a very technical issue. People interested in the scientific aspect of noise and the
management arrangements both existing and proposed should read our modification. This document goes on public
exhibition today and will be found at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s website or at
Concludes Mat Morris, “We encourage supporters of Parklands to write a personal letter showing support for these
changes which we strongly believe will deliver a win-win for the community and our patrons.”
To send your letters of support please go to:
CALLING ALL COMMUNITY GROUPS!
SPLENDOUR COMMUNITY GRANTS FUND IS NOW OPEN!
Each year, Splendour In The Grass donates a portion of the event’s ticket sales to some of the shire’s valuable local community groups. To date, throughout Splendour’s 14-year history, $375,000 has been distributed throughout our amazing host community.
It’s that time again! Splendour is thrilled to announce that the 2015 Community Grants Fund is now open for applications. If you know of, or are a part of, an organisation within the Byron Shire Community that is in need of a monetary helping hand, then log onto the website for more info and a copy of the downloadable application form. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a copy of the application form. You’ll need to complete and return your application before Friday 17 July 2015... It’s as easy as that!
In 2014, one of the major beneficiaries was Shara Community Gardens. Located at South Golden Beach, Shara Community Gardens brings people together to grow food, promote sustainable living and share knowledge, creativity and culture. The Splendour Community Grant was utilised for improvements that has assisted with facilitating the “play” aspect of the group’s tagline “Meet – Grow – Play”.
In recent years some of the funds other recipients include:
The Mullum Music Festivals Youth Training Station
Brunswick Valley Landcare
Brunswick Valley Rescue
Ocean Shores United Soccer Club
Ocean Shores Tidy Town
Brunswick Heads Public School
The Pocket Public School
Crabbes Creek Public School.
For more information please contact us at email@example.com Applications close Friday 17 July 2015.
Those patrons at Falls Festival 2014 / 2015 operating on the Telstra mobile network experienced superior connectivity due to the permanent fibre cabling now in place at North Byron Parklands. This direct cable connection into the Telstra network allowed for the provision of 2 x mobile COW (Cell on Wheels) towers running for the duration of the event, and guaranteed that event patrons and workers as well as local residents using Telstra, had access to high quality mobile voice and 3G/4G data services.
Discussions with Optus and Vodafone are continuing but there is an early indication that connectivity for both of these networks will be in place for the upcoming Splendour In The Grass event. We’ll keep you updated as soon as there are further developments.
Common Ground feature article Parklands Pledge
The full article can be found by following this link.
Falls Festival 14/15 Operating Times Clarification
As part of our ongoing communications to residents in the north of the Shire a recent letterbox drop has incorrectly stated the operating times for this event. The following operating hours will apply to the Falls Festival 14/15:
Tuesday 30th December 2014 – 11am to Midnight;
Wednesday 31st December 2014 – 11am to Midnight (main stages) - Midnight to 2am (bars, cafes, dance floors);
Thursday 1st January 2015 - 11am to Midnight (main stages) - Midnight to 2am (bars, cafes, dance floors); and
Friday 2nd January 2015 - 11am to Midnight (main stages) - Midnight to 2am (bars, cafes, dance floors).
We apologise for any confusion.
TELSTRA BUMPS UP CONNECTIVITY AT NORTH BYRON PARKLANDS
After months of productive negotiation North Byron Parklands and the organisors of the Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Festivals are pleased to announce that Telstra will be providing superior connectivity to Telstra mobile users in and around the Parklands’venue.
Telstra has agreed to supply 2 portable mobile base stations known as COWs or Cells on Wheels for future events held at North Byron Parklands and also install fibre optic cabling to the Parklands’ venue. The COW’s will be connected to this fibre optic cable so festival patrons, local residents and event management using the Telstra network will be able to access high quality service for mobile voice and 3G/4G data. The cabling installation by Telstra is almost complete and the COW’s will be put in place for the upcoming Falls Festival event.
Today, Splendour in the Grass co-producer Jessica Ducrou said, “After Splendour 2014 we had a very positive series of discussions and are pleased to have reached an agreement with Telstra that will benefit our festival patrons and the local community. It’s a fantastic result and we applaud Telstra for their genuine interest in working through a very complex set of constraints and finding a solution for both their customers and Parklands.”
Telstra Area General Manager Sue Passmore today said: “We’re thrilled to have come to an agreement with North Byron Parklands, Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Festival to boost mobile coverage during these popular events. With the increase in network capacity and coverage as a result of these works, we will make sure festivalgoers and residents stay connected. It is important to note the increase in demand on the mobile network does not affect fixed landline services in the area. The fibre optic cable work has been installed specifically to provide additional support to our mobile services”
“This is a fabulous outcome for the venue. As with any outdoor events, whether they are metropolitan or regional, there can be a strain placed on mobile communication networks. Over the past 12 months we have been working with a range of carriers to improve network coverage in the area immediately surrounding Parklands. This outcome with Telstra strengthens the local mobile network and will bring a much greater level of connectivity for local community Telstra users,” added Mat Morris, General Manager of North Byron Parklands.
FINE-TUNING OF TRIAL APPROVAL FOR NORTH BYRON PARKLANDS
For Immediate Media Release Tuesday Nov 4th, 2014
In April 2012, after a 2-year process of consulting with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment(DP&E) the Planning & Assessment Commission (PAC) granted a 5-year trial approval for North Byron Parklands (Parklands). This approval requires a series of trial events that are to be monitored and
reviewed and event related activities adjusted where required to fully trial the site.
Parklands’ owners supported the original sound criteria recommendations made by the DP&E to the PAC as part of the trial approval process as they aligned with other outdoor event venues in NSW and other parts of Australia.
The PAC decided not to follow DP&E’s recommendations to set noise criteria in line with most other outdoor venues and, in doing so, did not set any criteria for bass sounds. It is during particular weather conditions that some residents have experienced these bass emissions from events held at Parklands.
Parklands had today lodged a minor modification of its trial approval with DP&E. Included in the application is a proposal to set criteria to better manage lower frequency sound emissions from events held at the venue. These modifications would benefit the local community, especially in relation to sound by providing clear parameters around bass emissions generated from events held at Parklands.
By setting specific noise criteria covering bass frequencies, events held at Parklands will have a clear range within which to operate. These revised sound criteria would align Parklands with similar outdoor events in the region and NSW. As part of the PAC’s determination Parklands operators are required to review noise performance after 12 months to assess suitability and performance.
“Now, with 3 events having been staged at Parklands over a 15 month period, a body of data and experience has been accumulated. By setting clear bass limits the intrusive component can be better managed by event operators. Many other outdoor venues in NSW have limits set for bass frequencies and this modification would bring Parklands into line with those venues. Part of the trial approval process is about reviewing and improving the way we do things and this includes sound management. We are now 2 years into our 5 year trial approval and we remain committed to building on our track record of improvements,” said Parklands General Manager Mat Morris.
In the modification Parklands is also seeking the ability to host small-scale events on site, which would include community events, local school cross-country and sporting events along with more community tree plantings.
“Parklands has been inundated with requests from schools, sporting organisations and other community groups (mostly from the north of Byron Shire) seeking to host activities at the venue. As part of our commitment to support our community Parklands hopes to allow various organisations, currently without a home, a place to flourish and serve the community in which they operate,” added Mat Morris.
PARKLANDS BOOSTS LOCAL ECONOMY & GIVES LOCAL EMPLOYMENT A LEG UP
North Byron Parklands (Parklands) is pleased to announce the results of its economic impact study for 2014. This report is an analysis of the latest two of three events held at Parklands to date.
The Economic Impact and Benefits 2014 report, produced by RPS Australia East, has revealed that for the 8 days of the year that events operated at Parklands in 2014 (Falls Music & Arts Festival and Splendour in the Grass) $41.4 million in economic output was generated in the Northern Rivers, with Byron Shire accounting for $24.1 million of this economic output.
The events combined generated 22,900 room night stays in Byron Shire accommodation and 6,125 room nights in other parts of Northern NSW (not including camping on site at Parklands). Most of this accommodation was booked for Splendour in the Grass in the regions’ typically quieter winter season.
Most importantly is the level of local employment created in the Byron Shire and the Northern Rivers by the Falls Music & Arts Festival and Splendour in the Grass. Across the two events held at Parklands in 2014 a total of 308 equivalent full-time (EFT) jobs were created. Of these positions created, Byron Shire residents filled 99 EFT jobs while an additional 34 positions were filled by Northern Rivers residents.
Other key results generated by the two events held in 2014 include:
$2.9 million in wages and salaries paid to residents of Byron Shire;
$1.8 million in wages and salaries paid to residents in the Northern Rivers; and
A total of $11 million in wages and salaries (including Byron Shire and the Northern Rivers).
These positive benefits support the objectives of the Destination Management Plan prepared by Byron Shire Council and Destination Byron.
Cameron Arnold, President Destination Byron and Co-Chairman North Coast Destination Network, today said: “The economic value of the North Byron Parklands in its early stages is incredible and these figures show exactly what these world class events bring into the Byron Shire and more broadly the Northern Rivers. The engagement that the Parklands have undertaken with local residents in the creation of jobs and generation of business not only for accommodation and the visitor industry, but further afield is to be applauded. We look forward to continuing to work alongside Parklands management in achieving mutual objectives for the Destination.”
As part of the community grants program the events hosted by Parklands in 2014 provided over $43,000 in direct cash contributions to organisations including the Shara Community Gardens, Brunswick Valley Landcare, Brunswick Valley Rescue, Ocean Shores Primary School and to The Training Station partnership with Mullumbimby Music Festival. In addition, tens of thousands of dollars worth of tickets were provided to charitable organizations and public schools to raise much needed funds through raffles and prizes. To date, since its inception in 2001, Splendour in the Grass has donated over $400,000 to community groups in the Northern Rivers.
Mat Morris, General Manager, Parklands said “With youth unemployment at record levels in Byron Shire and the Northern Rivers Region it’s great to see so many people, including younger people, able to secure work at one or both events. Local Byron businesses have also been able to benefit with direct expenditure by events with these companies of $11.5 million while businesses and service providers (including Byron) in the Northern Rivers received $18.4 million”.
Parklands Composting Toilets - Permaculturenews.org article
Splendour in the Grass is a music, arts and culture festival held near Byron Bay in Northern New South Wales, Australia. It is a 3-day event attended by more than 30,000 people (on an area of 256 ha., or 660 acres — partly adjacent to a large nature reserve) and it is considered the country’s largest winter music festival.
PRAISE FOR PARKLANDS
THE NEW AMPHITHEATRE STAGE REALLY, REALLY WORKS (MUSIC FEEDS)
Now this thing was immense. Splendour’s brand new Amphitheatre Stage, with its wide base and steep hill, made for excellent views and huge crowds who dropped by to catch big names like Violent Soho, Outkast, City And Colour, Lily Allen and Hilltop Hoods. Definitely worth the hike.
The layout of the festival is working a lot better this year. Though we’re definitely getting our daily dose of exercise, there are few bottlenecks and everything is easy to find. The buses are a LOT closer to the entrance this year as well, and the brand new bowl of an Amphitheatre is the perfect size, allowing you to see the stage from all angles with great sound.
TRIPLE J MUSIC NEWS
Splendour promoters spent a lot of money and many years trying to get approval to move the festival to its current site at Yelgun. This year we found out why. The natural amphitheatre, used for the first time ever at Splendour 2014 (following its debut at Falls Byron over New Years), is one of Mother Nature's marvels. When full, Zan Rowe described it as a "Cauldron of Humanity".
The popular three-day event, for so long synonymous with its original Belongil Fields venue in Byron Bay — and more recently on secondment to Woodfordia in south-east Queensland — enjoyed a successful second iteration at its new North Byron Parklands home. Last year’s problems of delayed entry and excess mud weren’t in evidence, as scores of music fanatics soaked up a strong line-up of both international and local music, including OutKast, Interpol, the Preatures and Kelis.
Coming to Splendour for their first and only Australian performance since reforming earlier this year, Outkast weren’t just the most anticipated act on the bill, they’re arguably the act on the Splendour bill that felt like a once-in-a-lifetime event. You could feel it in the crowd. Punters were lined all the way up the sides of the mainstage’s impressive natural amphitheatre, ranging from the curious to casual fans to the Outkast faithful for whom their Splendour-exclusive show was the deciding factor in making a Byron road trip.
Unless you’ve got the best will power in the world, it’s almost impossible not to be curious over what went down from 24th to 27th July at the incredibly lush festival grounds at Parklands Byron Bay, especially when such a grand event is headlined by the likes of Outkast, Lily Allen and Interpol.
On a winter’s day that felt more like summer, at least while the sun shone, the festival’s newly appointed natural amphitheatre played host to some of the biggest names of the day, including Interpol, Outkast, the Preatures and the Presets, a diverse selection of artists and genres united by being able to turn the main arena into a throbbing mass of bodies.
GOLD COAST BULLETIN
Hip hop headliners OutKast topped most fans’ must-see checklists at this year’s Splendour in the Grass music festival but the real star of this year’s show is the festival site itself — and some groundbreaking bush toilets. The sprawling, 660 acre cultural and music events facility known as North Byron Parklands has been born of a harmonic convergence of longtime music industry identities with a keen eye for the environment. The site’s dream team of owners — including Splendour promoters Paul Pittico and Jessica Ducrou and Falls Festival Byron Bay director Brandon Saul — have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on improvements since last year’s rain-soaked stoush.
Two years into a five-year trial that grants approval for three events at the site each year, Parklands’ owners are keen to learn from experience before putting any permanent infrastructure down at their Yelgun property, a 20 minute drive south of Gold Coast Airport and 20 minutes north of Byron Bay Instead, Parklands has become a pop-up city this weekend as more than 25,000 people a day — 17,500 of them on-site campers — pour through Splendour’s gates.
Like Woodfordia, the Woodford Folk Festival’s home on the Sunshine Coast, the environmentally friendly parklands is being tailored to suit Splendour’s needs. Its centrepiece is a splendid, vast natural amphitheatre surrounding the main stage where OutKast thrilled fans last night. The area can hold up to 25,000 people — more than two thirds of the event’s total crowd.The amphitheatre and clean, green improvements made since last year, including hundreds of relocatable composting toilets and new low flow showers, have received the thumbs up from punters and campers in particular.
Trees planted last year — the pilot program saw punters plant 450 trees in less than 15 minutes — have grown to give the site a more mature, bedded down vibe and festivalgoers have been invited to help plant another 2000 native shrubs and eucalypts over the weekend. Plantings are being held each day as part of a joint venture between parklands, Splendour and Brunswick Valley Landcare, with the program culminating tomorrow in National Tree Planting Day.
The site improvements have been overseen by North Byron Parklands general manager Mat Morris, a music-loving environmental scientist who has literally steered the project from the ground up. Waste-water truck movements in and out of the site and the amount of waste the festival sends to Byron Shire Council’s sewage treatment plant (STP) have been dramatically reduced thanks to 240 new state-of-the-art composting toilets and 192 low-flow, gas-fired shower stalls. Combined with six pilot composting toilets built at the site in 2013, Parklands now boasts the most composting toilets at any outdoor event in the country — 246 in total. Designed by Quicksmart Homes, the 100 per cent relocatable low-odour toilets are in keeping with parklands’ mission to sustainably manage water cycles (freshwater and waste water).
The festival hopes to further boost its grey water treatment facility before next year’s event. Future priorities at the site include improved mobile phone network coverage and capacity. Optus, Vodafone and Telstra currently send Cell on Wheels (COWs) units to the site during the festival. Parklands said Telstra had previously committed to installing Optic Fibre to the site but “reneged” on its decision earlier this year. In a statement on its website, the venue says: “Parklands is still in a trial phase and not in a position to invest in permanent infrastructure, but we look forward to working with Telstra on a mutually beneficial plan for the future.”
PARKLANDS SHINES AT SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
Basking in an abundance of sunshine, North Byron Parklands welcomed back Splendour in the Grass and its patrons to experience the venue in all its intended glory.
Traffic flows both onsite and offsite worked extremely well with little or no congestion beingexperienced. After working hard with various government agencies to improve traffic management arrangements, the results were seamless with patrons arriving smoothly over the three-day event. Patrons also utilised the public transport network provided by the event in record numbers adding to the traffic management plan’s success.
The event undertook a detailed noise-monitoring program in accordance with the Venue’s Noise Management Plan and acoustic consultants also undertook over 100 noise measurements at local residencies throughout the event.
Directional wind changes throughout the three days resulted in some locations experiencing sound from the event. The event hotline, community email and acoustic consultants have recorded noise related issues for further analysis post event. The event hotline did experience some technical difficulties and event staff has identified opportunities for future improvement in this area. The Department of Planning and Environment was also in attendance at the event to monitor compliance.
This year hundreds of patrons got their hands dirty across the weekend by planting 2,000 trees to improve habitat values across Parklands. A joint program between Parklands, Splendour in the Grass and Brunswick Valley Landcare saw patrons taking a break from festivities to commune with nature. Across the 3-day event they planted endemic trees including dry shrubs and eucalypts in a location of Parklands that has been committed for rehabilitation. The planting concluded on the final day of the event (Sunday July 27th), which coincided with National Tree Planting Day.
Parklands’ new composting toilets and low-flow showers were also a big hit with patrons. Over 750 people were surveyed with the overwhelming majority concluding that the amenities were some of the “best event facilities” they had experienced at any festival.
Parklands Manager Mat Morris said, “Parklands is proud to host such a world class event as that produced by the Splendour in the Grass team. The Splendour team worked hard to address the teething problems from the previous year and the improvement has been dramatic and will only continue to improve. We’re thrilled that patrons attending the event got to experience the full beauty and versatility of this outstanding venue.”
Parklands Unveils World Class Composting Toilets
North Byron Parklands (Parklands) has today unveiled the largest number of waterless composting toilets at any outdoor event in Australia. Patrons at the upcoming Splendour in the Grass event will be the first to experience these state of the art, waterless and low-odour composting toilets.
Thanks to Byron Shire Council’s commitment to sustainable technologies, council granted Parklands an approval for 258 composting toilets in 2013. Parklands worked with the Australian company Quicksmart Homes who designed and commissioned the 240 bespoke composting toilets and 192 low-flow gas-fired shower stalls. With the 6 pilot composting toilets built in 2013, Parklands now has an incredible 246 waterless units, which will significantly add to patron comfort and amenity.
Being 100% re-locatable this design allows a huge amount of flexibility in terms of providing unique camping and event lay-outs for events held at Parklands. It also supports Parklands’ environmental philosophy to manage water cycles (fresh water and waste water) sustainably.
This initiative will provide a number of key environmental benefits including a significant reduction in waste-water truck movements and a dramatic reduction in waste being sent to the Byron Shire Council owned sewerage treatment plant (STP). Complementing this initiative Byron Shire Council recently provided an approval to augment our existing grey water treatment facility (which processes shower water). This facility can now treat up to 920,000 litres of grey water on site, further reducing the amount of waste water directed to Byron Shire Council’s STP.