Baw Baw responds to Beyond the Valley petition
Baw Baw News
By William PJ Kulich // 18:01, Tuesday 25 September 2018
Baw Baw councillors have noted a report written by council staff in response to a petition calling for no more Beyond the Valley music festivals to be held in Lardner.
First published in the 13 September 2018 edition of the Baw Baw Citizen
The annual multi-day end-of-year festival moved from Phillip Island to Lardner Park in 2015, with some locals opposing the event from the beginning.
Councillors received the 63-signatory petition at their 25 July 2018 meeting. The petition called on the council to “not approve any future permits for the function promoted by lncognitus for the Company, Beyond the Valley, to be held at the venue known as Lardner Park, Burnt Store Road, Lardner over future New Year’s or any other periods.”
Related: Beyond the Valley 2018 line-up announced
Petitioners gave several reasons for their opposition, including noise, level of community consultation, and heavy traffic on the conclusion of the event.
Councillors acknowledged a response to the petition from Baw Baw staff at their meeting yesterday. The response stated the site had a long history of hosting festivals and festival organisers were subject to strict legislation.
Central ward’s Danny Goss was the only councillor to comment on the response at the meeting, noting there was no application for approval presently before councillors.
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