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To preserve and enhance the cultural environmental and social sustainability of the Tyagarah Area and its inhabitants

« Here and Now: a permanent large-scale venue proposed for the Shire | Main | Letter to council »

April 9, 2005

Concert venue floods, people and horses have died before

As a Tyagarah resident, I am amazed at the proposal to have a large “Cultural” Events venue on a property that clearly floods.

According to George and Ann Gray, who used to keep horses on the property in question, horses have drowned there in the past and there was not enough time to get them out of the paddocks due to how quickly the floods rose. Also one man familiar with the flooding was drowned and found up in a tree.

Even the lower highway into Byron, which is higher than this property in question, is clearly marked with flood depth measuring poles and has in the past flooded, which would make leaving the site even more difficult.

Four years ago Grays lane, which is close to the proposed venue and part of the same flood zone, flooded to chest height in just two hours. There is no possible way to raise the level of this proposed venue without affecting the drainage of the entire area.

Using this property as a venue would be seriously jeopardizing many innocent people’s lives just to trade on the Byron name and make a buck.

There are other venues that are perfect for what the organizers need for such large scale events.

How could anybody in their right mind hope to get 30,000 people who are possibly drunk or stoned off a property in under two hours, when it is never clear that these are the two important hours because the rain can let up and there might be no flood.

I find this proposal criminally negligent and any deaths resulting from it, will I am sure be prosecutable. May common sense prevail!

Isaac Shapiro

Posted at April 9, 2005 12:00 AM

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