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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

Posted at February 22, 2005 12:00 AM

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