Mat Morris, general manager of North Byron Shire Parklands, says the company will press on with its plans to make the site a ‘respected sustainable event venue’.
In a press release, North Byron Shire Parkland says: “In this week’s Land and Environment Court decision regarding a trial event at North Byron Shire Parklands, Justice Brian Preston revoked Byron Shire Council’s approval for the trial event.
“The judge found fault with council’s technical processing of the application. He said that the Byron Shire Council should have issued consent for both use of roads and a place of assembly, whereas they only issued consent for a place of assembly.”
Parklands says the judge did not raise any concerns regarding the merit of North Byron Shire Parklands application itself.
“Contrary to what CONOS have been reporting, Chief Justice Preston had no issue with the environmental integrity of what we are proposing,’’ Mr Morris said.
“He had no issue with the suitability of the site.
“We are held up this time by a technical issue relating to the judge’s view of council’s processing of our application. It is frustrating that we have further delays due to no fault of our own or what we are proposing.”
Parklands said that in July 2008, Byron Shire Council granted consent to conduct a one-off trial event at the North Byron Shire Parklands site at Yelgun. Council’s decision was then challenged in the Land and Environment Court by the group Conservation of North Ocean Shores Inc (CONOS).
“We will continue our efforts to secure approval to see North Byron Shire Parklands become a respected sustainable event venue,” Mr Morris said.
“In the meantime our intensive work on improving the biodiversity values of the site will go on.”