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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.

Posted at February 4, 2005 12:00 AM

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