Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

'We Do Care about Them'; Organisers Defend Bloom Fest

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

'We Do Care about Them'; Organisers Defend Bloom Fest

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Byline: Vanessa Jarrett Vanessa.Jarrett@capnews.com.au

TROPICAL Bloom festival event organisers Leo Honek and Catherine Mason have defended the annual event, claiming they do work with nearby residents surrounding issues such as noise and dust.

Yesterday, The Morning Bulletin published a story with Lake Mary resident Cameron Reynolds, who had started a petition to address the "excessive dust, noise and terrible road conditions resulting from the event".

Mr Honek said they were only made aware of the dust issue a few days before the event began.

"We realise that there is added traffic for a few days around the time of the festival, and last year we paid for a water truck to wet the road down twice a day from Friday to Sunday," he said.

Mr Honek also said there were less than one thousand guests expected at the festival.

"Although the festival has been growing steadily each year, the total attendance at last year's event was around 850 people and expected attendance this year is around 900," he said.

"It is a camping event and most people arrive on the Friday and don't leave until the Sunday or Monday."

A survey from last year's event detailed around 60 per cent of attendees were not local to Rockhampton or the Capricorn Coast.

"The properties affected by dust are all on the Yeppoon side of Lake Mary Rd, so the added traffic would be more like 200 cars a day, and quite possibly less," Mr Honek said.

Last year there was also a country music event held at a neighbouring property at the same time, which would have contributed to dust and noise, Mr Honek said.

Mr Honek said he will be talking with council about the road conditions.

"The timing has been unlucky for local residents in regards to the grading of the road two weeks prior the event," he said.

"This year we will suggest to council that they wait until after the event to grade the road."

Event organisers have previously done a letter box drop informing nearby residents within 3km of the site about the event and providing free tickets and contact details of the organisers.

"This year's letter box drop is scheduled for Friday and this time it will stretch the entire length of Lake Mary Rd," Mr Honek said. …

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