Splendour In The Grass Wants To Raise Noise Limits, But Needs Your Help

The teams behind Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival and their beloved home, North Byron Parklands, want to increase noise limits at the outdoor venue, but they need the public’s help to do so.

In a statement posted to its website, North Byron Parklands are calling for music lovers to help support their application to the state government to change noise limits, making them more consistent with other outdoor venues.

“Our world-class sustainable events venue has established an enviable track record across a range of areas including traffic, camping and environmental management,” reads North Byron Parklands’ statement. “However, we acknowledge there is room for improvement on how we manage sound and increase amenity for our local community.”

Specifically, the Parklands say current noise restrictions are “prohibitively low in winter”, i.e. during Splendour, “and therefore very difficult to comply with”. They are also appealing for a noise extension on New Year’s Eve, that’s Falls Festival time, that will permit acts to perform “between 11:00am and 2:00am”.

Following last year’s Splendour festival, North Byron Parklands were fined $3,000 for breaching noise restrictions due to high levels of low-frequency noise emitted. At the time, in response to the fine, North Byron Parkland proposed an adjusted set of criteria to help manage low frequency sounds created by events held in the venue.

“Overall, the noise limits currently approved for the venue are considered unworkable for outdoor entertainment events,” reads this year’s report. “It is therefore recommended that the noise limits for the venue be reviewed such that the venue can operate and comply with the noise limits for entertainment noise.”

You can view North Byron Parklands’ full state government application, here, and help out by sending a message to government ministers via the Help Parklands website.

Splendour In The Grass 2015 will of course kick off next month at the North Byron Parklands from Friday, 24th July to Sunday, 26th July. For all the latest Splendour news, head to our dedicated Splendour In The Grass 2015 feed.

Gallery: Outkast – Splendour In The Grass 2014 25/07/14 / Photos: Ashley Mar

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