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March 2019:


Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron finally call Parklands home!

After a successful 6 ½ year trial and almost 9 years in the NSW planning system, the operators of North Byron Parklands (Parklands) are thrilled to announce that the venue has now been granted a permanent licence to operate.

Today the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) announced their decision to approve Parklands’ application as an outdoor cultural arts and music venue. Parklands will now become the permanent home of Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron. The venue will also have the ability to host community events in addition to a small number of one day concerts. This will see Parklands attracting world class artists to the region across a range of music genres.

Parklands has worked with planning authorities for the better part of a decade to secure this permanent approval which was entirely merit based. The 5-year trial approval period (extended to 6 1/2 years) clearly demonstrated that Parklands was more than capable of hosting iconic outdoor music events in a manner that limited impacts while maximising benefits to so many in the region. While the owners of Parklands (which is proudly 100% Australian owned) have invested more than $25m into the venue to date, the permanent approval means Parklands can invest further to improve the functionality and amenity of the site.

Parklands and the two major events will continue to provide the annual Community Grants program which since 2013 has given over $630,000 to community, educational and environmental groups across the Shire. Significant employment opportunities will continue to be generated by the venue, with large numbers of individuals and businesses benefiting from operations at Parklands. With respect to the proposed environmentally sustainable wastewater treatment system, it was agreed to withdraw this part of the application to allow further detailed modelling to be undertaken. While this very same technology has been approved and operated within Byron Shire at a number of other developments over the years, Parklands felt it was important get the modelling absolutely right. In the interim, events will continue to send wastewater to an approved liquid waste facility.

As per a signed agreement with the NSW Environment Minister, Parklands will also finalise the gifting of more than 41ha of densely forested lands to National Parks and Wildlife Services that will increase the size of the Billinudgel Nature Reserve by more than 3%.

“It’s been a journey. While the planning process has been a lengthy yet robust process, it’s great to finally receive approval to operate for up to 20 days per year. We’d like to thank the thousands of people that have supported North Byron Parklands along the way; the local residents and businesses and the wider community. These people have all played a vital role in making sure that this important outdoor cultural arts and music venue remains in Byron Shire. We look forward to bringing the Shire and the wider region some of the finest local and international artists to the venue as well as being able to host a range of smaller community-based events”, said North Byron Parklands General Manager Mat Morris.

Thanks you so much - we did it - it's a Yes


Splendour Shines a Spotlight on North Coast Entertainment Students

Local high school students studying Certificate III in Live Production and Services for the HSC took part in a rare work placement opportunity with Splendour in the Grass at North Byron Parklands this year.

According to Kate Fewtrell, Program Manager at Connect Northern Rivers, twenty students attending local high schools on the far north coast, including Byron Bay, Wollumbin, and Murwillumbah High, were given the opportunity to learn from the iconic festival's promoters, producers and directors over two days.

'The students' experience at Splendour exceeded my expectations. At an incredibly busy time, event managers met with students to share their industry experiences and teach them how the event is pulled together.

'We struggle to place kids in entertainment in our region. To have an event this size in our area is extraordinary. It's a rare opportunity for regional students. They were so inspired,' Ms Fewtrell said.

The certificate course offers training opportunities for students interested in performance and events, dance and drama, lighting and sound, staging and set design and working with patrons and professionals. The work placement afforded students a unique insight into logistics, traffic management, work health and safety, and lighting and sound production.

Entertainment students Ella Watson and Briana Scerri at Wollumbin High, are both interested in careers in the event industry and enjoyed the practical nature of their experience.

'It gave us a real taste of what it's like to work on a major event. The theory we learn in the course is important but it can get boring. Today we saw the theory put into practice,' Ms Watson enthused.

Connect Northern Rivers, Splendour in the Grass and North Byron Parklands are excited by the students' positive response and the future of the unique collaboration.

Ella Watson, Briana Scerri and friend.

Entertainment students backstage Ampitheatre SITG 2018



As part of its Community Assistance Fund, North Byron Parklands (Parklands) has provided financial support to two organisations in the Shire's north that are kicking goals.

Parklands has given financial assistance to the Shores United Soccer Club, becoming the clubs major sponsor. The club, which continues to grow exponentially, will receive $15,000 ($5,000 per year over three years) from Parklands (2018 - 2020), which will allow the club to make improvements to its home base and purchase much needed equipment and ancillary items.

"Our club facilities at Tom Kendall Oval and Shara Boulevarde do not come cheaply, and we rely solely on the generosity and support of sponsors, canteen sales and volunteers. Parklands' sponsorship is vital for the continued long-term survival of our not for profit club," said Shores United President Marc Patten.

Parklands has also jointly contributed to a five-year funding partnership (along with Falls Byron and Splendour in the Grass) with Ocean Shores Public School. The $25,000 contribution means Ocean Shores Public School's Music Program will continue for K-2 students for another five years.

The highly successful program gives children weekly access to music lessons at school with professional instrumentalists through the Northern Rivers Conservatorium (NRC) in Lismore. Rochelle Wright of the NRC said, "The program integrates the creative arts syllabus and guides children's musical development through singing, instrument playing, musical activities and building confidence to express music creatively." This new funding arrangement builds on the work of Splendour in the Grass who has funded the program since 2014, allowing more than 700 students access to music education.

Parklands General Manager Mat Morris said, "The Parklands Community Assistance Fund is separate to the Community Grants fund which is managed by Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron. Here at Parklands we love both soccer and music so we're thrilled to be able to assist our local primary school and soccer club in a meaningful way. We are proud to have the North Byron Parklands logo on the front of the Shores United player jerseys."

Parklands GM Mat Morris with Shores United President Marc Patten


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Introduction to Endurance Horse Riding event held at NBP

On Sat 26 May, North Byron Parklands was delighted to host the Tweed-Byron Trail Horse Riders Club as they staged their inaugural Introduction to Endurance Horse Riding event.

Thirty riders took their horses though a 20km course (a short course by endurance standards) that was set within the North Byron Parklands grounds. The course followed the Parklands boundary fences and roadways, travelled through a leafy regeneration corridor and a forest of tall gum trees up to the highest point on the property.

Thirty riders took their horses though a 20km course (a short course by endurance standards) that was set within the North Byron Parklands grounds. The course followed the Parklands boundary fences and roadways, travelled through a leafy regeneration corridor and a forest of tall gum trees up to the highest point on the property.

"We are so excited that North Byron Parklands have enabled us to showcase the grounds as a multi-use site for this local horse riding event. It's not just for tourists and the big music festivals",. said event organiser and club secretary Debra Minto.

A Guide to horse trails of the Tweed Valley was also launched by the Club as part of this event. The guide details Codes of Conduct for horse riding in public open spaces, with 3 National Parks and 3 Beaches featured, emphasising environmental preservation and respect for other users of public open spaces.

Mr Geoff Provest (Member for Tweed) was in attendance to launch The Horse Trails of the Tweed Valley guide.

The Horse Trails of the Tweed Valley guide has been made possible due to the commitment of Club members and the support of the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, Tweed Shire Council, Destination Tweed and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Copies of the guide will soon be available from Tourist Information Centres, Tweed Shire Council, local stock feed suppliers and general stores.

Geoff Provest MP Member for Tweed with Shanti McIvor of Byron Bay at North Byron Parklands

Charlotte Borrell of Byron Bay with Koda

Vicki Laine of Banora Point with Dice at North Byron Parklands

Jala and Sampson



Splendour in the Grass is proud to call Byron Shire home and is committed to supporting important local community initiatives through our Community Grant Fund.

Over the past 17 years, Splendour has provided more than $500,000 in cash and prize donations to local charities, schools and community organisations throughout the Byron Shire.

Some of the previous recipients include Waterlily Community Playscape, Ocean Shores Primary School, Brunswick Nippers Junior SLSC, Byron Community Centre Homeless and Community Breakfast, Shara Community Gardens, Mullumbimby High School, Brunswick Valley Meals on Wheels Inc, Brunswick Valley Rescue, Ocean Shores Soccer Club, Tidy Towns Ocean Shores, WIRES, Lone Goat Gallery and many more.

"We're very lucky to be a part of a community that puts such an important emphasis on fostering community groups and initiatives. Byron has been our home for the past 17 years and we hope that these contributions can continue to enrich this truly special place" said Splendour's co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco.

Splendour is thrilled to announce that the 2018 Community Grant Fund is now open for applications!

If you know of or are a part of an organisation within the Byron Shire that is making a difference within your community and in need of a helping hand, we would love to hear from you!

You can download a copy of the application form here.
Alternatively, you can email to receive a copy of the application form. You will need to complete and return your application before 5pm Friday 29 June 2018.

Local Community Groups who benefited from 2017 Funding were:

  • Lions Club of Brunswick - Mullumbimby
  • Brunswick Heads Girl Guides
  • Corem Mullumbimby
  • The Uncle Project
  • Lone Goat Gallery Byron Bay
  • Ocean Shores Primary School
  • Elysium Project - Lateen Lane, Byron Bay


North Byron Parklands will host a series of community workshops on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April as part of its review process for permanent approval as a cultural event site.

According to Parklands' workshop facilitators, Community Advocate Claire Atkins, and Community Manger Neil Johnson, the practical sessions give residents and business owners in the shire's north, further opportunity to articulate the inherent values that characterise their unique locality. The workshop also encourages participants to discuss potential or actual social impacts (negative and positive) that they have experienced or expect to experience from the continued operation of events at Parklands.

"Parklands is sensitive to the way our community is impacted by its events. Social impacts are experienced differently by individuals in a community, and can involve changes to our way of life, our sense of community, or access to infrastructure.

"The feedback from these sessions will form part of Parklands' response to submissions being prepared for the Department of Planning and Environment, and enables Parklands and the events to better understand the range of impacts experienced in each village and the ways we can manage them," Ms Atkins said

While more than 7,000 submissions were received by the Department in response to Parklands' State Significant Development, with 98.2% of respondents supporting its application for permanent approval, it is still incredibly important to listen and respond to issues raised by members of the community who do not support this proposal.

Workshop times and locations for residents and business owners are as follows:

Ocean Shores & New Brighton residents at Ocean Shores Community Centre
Saturday 21 April 9am -11am
South Golden Beach & North Ocean Shores residents at South Golden Beach Community Hall
Saturday 21 April 12pm-2pm
Brunswick Heads residents at Brunswick Valley Community Centre
Saturday 21 April 3pm-5pm
Crabbes Creek, Billinudgel and Yelgun residents at Crabbes Creek Community Hall
Sunday 22 April 10am-12pm
Jones Rd, Wooyung Rd, Hulls Rd residents, North Byron Parklands office 52 Jones Rd, Yelgun
Sunday 22 April 2pm-4pm

RSVP is essential!

For more information or to RSVP please contact:


NORTH BYRON PARKLANDS Seeks to become a permanent home for music, arts and culture in Northern NSW

North Byron Parklands (Parklands) has submitted its final application to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to become the permanent home for Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Music & Arts Festival in Byron Bay. If the application is approved, Parklands would also be permitted to host limited one day concerts and smaller cultural and community events.

The five-year trial for Parklands commenced in 2012 and requires a series of trial events to be monitored and reviewed and event related activities adjusted where required, to fully test the site.

"We feel we have done an outstanding job in managing our environmental impact which has been reflected through a range of improvements covering traffic, noise and community amenity during the trial. A special thank you to government agencies such as the NSW Police, Rural Fire Service, Byron Shire Council and of course a diverse cross section of community members who have all played a part in making Parklands the success it is today", said Parklands General Manager Mat Morris.

"We now hope to be able to operate on a permanent basis so that we can invest in improvements to the site which will further enhance this world-class cultural venue."

"We urge supporters of North Byron Parklands to make a submission to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in support of the application to become a permanent home for Arts and Culture in NSW."

To make a submission in favour of Parklands remaining a permanent home for music, cultural and community events please click here.

To find out more about Parklands State Significant application please click here.



Seven local community groups and organisations to benefit from 2017 funding

  • Lions Club of Brunswick - Mullumbimby
  • Brunswick Heads Girl Guides
  • Corem Mullumbimby
  • The Uncle Project
  • Lone Goat Gallery Byron Bay
  • Ocean Shores Primary School
  • Elysium Project - Lateen Lane, Byron Bay

Splendour in the Grass has proudly called the Byron Shire home for the past 17 years and is committed to supporting important local community initiatives.

Each year Splendour provides cash donations to local community groups, totaling over $500,000 in grants throughout the Byron Shire since 2000. Some of the previous recipients have included Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre Inc, Brunswick Valley Meals on Wheels Inc, 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, WIRES, Pottsville and District Men's Shed Inc, Crabbes Creek Primary School, and Brunswick Heads Primary School.

Splendour in the Grass is again donating $1 from every event ticket sold, with $32,500 to distribute amongst local groups and services, ensuring that those from all corners of the community can benefit from the annual event.

The response to the 2017 Splendour Community Grants call out was our biggest year yet, with over 50 applications lodged. After extensive review and much deliberation Splendour is thrilled to announce the beneficiaries of the 2017 Splendour in the Grass Community Grants Fund!

Lions Club of Brunswick - Mullumbimby
Lions Club serves the general community and people in need of a helping hand. Lions Club provide small academic grants to primary and highschools in our area, help people with disabilities, and those needing specific medical equipment or aid. Their biggest project is the "Driver Reviver" based at the Yelgun Rest Area where they serve around 20,000 cups of tea/coffee to weary travellers each year.

Brunswick Heads Girl Guides
Girl Guides Brunswick Heads offers weekly after school and weekend activities through out the year for girls aged 5 to 17. Their mission is to empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members, by providing a values based dynamic and flexible non-formal educational program for girls and young women, in a fun and supportive girl's only environment.

Corem Mullumbimby
Corem works within the community, providing energy efficiency education and solar installation projects to encourage and maximize our transition to renewable energy and reduce our reliance on fossil fuel generated electricity.

The Uncle Project
The Uncle Project is a Byron Bay based organisation dedicated to helping young boys aged 6 -12 years from single parent families who could benefit from a more supportive environment of positive male role models in order to build confidence and resilience.

Lone Goat Gallery Byron Bay
Lone Goat Gallery serves the Northern Rivers artists community specifically, and also the wider Byron Shire, supporting local high profile and emerging artists and providing a quality range of diverse exhibitions.

Ocean Shores Primary School
Year four of a five-year commitment to Ocean Shores Public School Music Program, which saw 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.

Elysium Project - Lateen Lane
ELYSIUM brought together a team of creative professionals driven by a desire to activate underutilised urban spaces and transform them into places of wonder and beauty. The project involved artwork installations by five Byron Shire artists - Christina Waterson, Kellie O'Dempsey, Max Beaur, Harley Graham and Colleen DaRosa, with its aim being to uplift and enliven a key CBD site through a curated application of colour, pattern, light, form, texture and planting - integrated with existing structures.

This year Splendour also raised over $65,000 through our Northern Rivers Flood Relief Fundraiser. These funds were distributed equally amongst the flood affected Tweed, Lismore and Byron Shires.

"We are so happy to be able to give back to the place Splendour has called home for the past 17 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.



The Shows Will Go On!

North Byron Parklands is thrilled to confirm that it has been granted a 20-month extension to its 5-year trial. The independent Planning Assessment Commission have today approved the extension to the trial that was issued to the venue back in 2012. The trial period for the venue was to end on December 31, 2017.

This approval now means that the Byron leg of the Falls Music and Arts Festival 2017/2018 (which had been sold 'subject to regulatory approval'), Splendour in the Grass 2018, Falls 2018/2019 and Splendour 2019 will go ahead at North Byron Parklands.

Other than the extension of time, there were no additional changes sought in the application.

North Byron Parklands is now in the process of putting together its final application to become a permanent sustainable music, arts and community events venue.

North Byron Parklands General Manager Mat Morris said,, "I'm also very excited to announce that a substantial land swap has now been formalised as part of this modification approval. This will see approximately 25 hectares of ecologically significant land added to the Billinudgel Nature Reserve. We now look forward to finalising our plans to become a permanent, world class sustainable venue."



We all have the right to a good time, but not at the expense of others. Music should be a safe space. Today, and every day, we're asking everyone to think about their behaviour at live music events and the lasting consequences it has on the people around them. Engage in the conversation, call out bad behaviour, report what you see and join us in demanding change. North Byron Parklands supports YOUR CHOICE. Please get on board.