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Splendour in the Grass organisers fined $100k

The Australian festival's parent firm has been ordered to pay $10,000 each to 10 schools following the traffic chaos at this year's edition

By James Hanley on 22 Dec 2022

Tinder comes to Splendour in the Grass

Splendour in the Grass


image © Sam Venn

The organisers of Australia’s Splendour in the Grass (SITG) have been fined A$100,000 (€63,000) for the traffic chaos that marred this year’s festival.

The first day of the Secret Sounds-promoted event in North Byron Parklands on 22 July was called off amid what was described as the worst weather in its 20-year history.

Thousands of festival-goers had been forced to wait up to eight hours to get into the site the day before due to the conditions, leading the main campsite to be closed to new arrivals. Those still queueing the next morning were redirected to an off-site camping ground, 13km away.

As the knock-on effects caused significant delays to local traffic, NSW’s Department of Planning and Environment has ordered SITG’s parent company Billinudgel Property to pay $10,000 each to 10 schools within a 10-kilometre radius of the venue for failing to comply with its traffic management plan.

“Traffic queuing resulted in short term, but significant traffic delays to the community, including school children travelling home from school on Thursday, 21 July 2022,” says a spokesperson for the authority. “After considering all of the options available to us, we have decided that the best outcome for the community is for the company to contribute financially to improvements to nearby schools through an enforceable undertaking.

“We place strict conditions on events such as Splendour in the Grass for a reason, and organisers need to abide by them.”

“We faced an unprecedented weather event, unlike anything we have seen in our 30 years of presenting festivals”

“Our compliance officers will once again be on the ground at that festival, to ensure those revised plans are followed,” adds the spokesperson.

Secret Sounds co-CEO Jessica Ducrou apologises to those impacted by the delays.

“Residents and schoolchildren were frustrated by unusually long queues, made worse by the weather, as Splendour festival goers tried to access their camping accommodation,” she says.

“We had a rigorous planning process in place through the Department of Planning which included council involvement and local committees such as the local traffic committee, local emergency management committee and a regulatory working group.

“However, we faced an unprecedented weather event, unlike anything we have seen in our 30 years of presenting festivals.”

Billinudgel Property will also be required to carry out an independent audit of the event a year early. In the meantime, the firm has been warned it needs to review and update its management plans ahead of its Falls Festival scheduled for later this month.

“Our compliance officers will once again be on the ground at that festival, to ensure those revised plans are followed,” adds the spokesperson.

 


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