Legal advice over events policy, about regulating major events such as Splendour in the Grass, cost council around $4000.
Legal advice over events policy, about regulating major events such as Splendour in the Grass, cost council around $4000.

Legal advice 'a waste of time'

A BYRON Bay councillor has accused the Council of wasting time and money over the ongoing saga surrounding its events policy.

Cr Diane Woods questioned the relevance of legal advice obtained by council last year in relation to its major events Local Environment Plan which was approved in May this year but overturned by the State Government last week.

"What council ended up approving was different to what was originally proposed and I want to find out if the legal advice obtained by council some time ago was relevant to what was approved," she said.

Cr Woods said she thought the legal advice, which cost ratepayers about $4000, related only to its former LEP.

"In my opinion it was a waste of time and a waste of money because it didn't fit within the new LEP guidelines," Cr Wodds said.

Byron Shire Council executive manager of environment and Planning Ray Darney said legal advice regarding the proposed major events LEP amendment has been provided to council during the past two years.

"This includes advice provided as part of the ordinary council meeting held on December 1 last year," he said.

"The advice was that regulating major events in particular land zones was arguably consistent with planning law objectives."

"However, in terms of whether the proposed amendment could potentially be seen as inconsistent with federal competition laws, council would have needed to seek further legal advice on this matter.

"Further advice was not sought."


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