Another music festival planned
A MUSIC festival similar to one which the council pursued legal action against this year could be given the go ahead to run next year, pending council approval.
An application to run the event was discussed in yesterday's committee meeting and it was heard the three-day event would be scheduled for the end of September or early October.
The report presented to the council yesterday states that the event will cater for up to 1000 people, however the previous festival reported around 1500 concert goers.
Like the previous festival, the proposed event is set to be held at Bestbrook Mountain Resort and it is expected most patrons will seek accommodation at the resort.
The entertainment on offer over the weekend will be a mixture of live music, dance and acrobatic performances - including fire dancing, workshops and market stalls.
Two stages will be alternated and it is planned to have amplified music running 24 hours a day.
The council has placed approval conditions on the application, limiting the music volume being played at designated times.
No audible noise - that is, music that can be clearly heard by an occupier of a building - will be permitted between midnight and 7am.
During yesterday's meeting it was heard Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) was also seeking a 200m buffer zone around Gap Creek, which runs through the site.
The report presented to the council stated there was a potential for the creek to be used for swimming and bathing by guests and suggested that any approval be on the basis such activities were prohibited.
To meet DERM's conditions, the report recommended all activities and facilities, including camping and parking, be at least 200m from Gap Creek.
Councillors were concerned the expansive terrain that buffer zone would cover, with Cr Ross Bartley saying the almost 0.5km exclusion zone was a "huge area".
Cr Cameron Gow said the region has sporting facilities within 200m of the river and asked whether a wetland management plan could be prepared by DERM.
Mayor Ron Bellingham added that there was only 250m between the creek and the highway and said it was his assumption the distance given by DERM was a "blanket condition".
"I suspect they've never looked closely at the site and the distance wouldn't be acceptable to me if I were going to run the event," Cr Bellingham said.
The council will seek clarification from DERM about the wetland issue and will re-address it at next week's general meeting.