Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Passionate on Parklands; Business Backing Development but Residents Have Safety Fears

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Passionate on Parklands; Business Backing Development but Residents Have Safety Fears

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Byline: Ava Benny-Morrison Reporter

EMOTIONS ran high and tempers flared at a public meeting at Byron Bay yesterday where the North Byron Parklands development and potential home of Splendour in the Grass was discussed.

More than 120 community members signed up to deliver their view on the Yelgun site development proposal at a meeting at the Byron Community Centre yesterday and at another at the Ocean Shores School Hall today.

The NSW Planning Department recommended the approval of the North Byron Parklands development late last year, which would see three major events per year of up to 30,000 people plus a number of minor events.

The site would also become the new home of Splendour in the Grass, which was relocated to Woodford in Queensland two years ago.

Passionate supporters, many of them local business identities and tourism advocates clashed with determined opponents including residents who live near the development site at yesterday's meeting.

Local licensee Tom Mooney left the lectern halfway through his speech after a woman from the audience accused him of being aall about the moneya.

Another man accused Mr Mooney of not declaring a conflict of interest because of his involvement with a number of local pubs, including The Rails in Byron Bay.

Before Mr Mooney was interrupted, he said events like Splendour in The Grass were a saviour to business during the non-holiday period. …

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