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.
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Posted at March 21, 2005 12:00 AM
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