Concert concerns

President of Peregian Surf Club Brett Leckie is concerned about any concert cutbacks
President of Peregian Surf Club Brett Leckie is concerned about any concert cutbacks John Mccutcheon

A REPORT on the Peregian Originals concerts to go before the council at next Thursday's general meeting has considered the organisers' business plan and weighed them up against the concerns raised by local residents at a July 16 information forum.

"It is the officers' opinion that the number of Peregian Originals events be reduced to 12 per annum, allowing one event per month on the first and third Sunday of each month, in an effort to:

- provide residents who do not support the event to have a reprieve from the event occurring twice monthly;

- reduce the level of impact this recurrent event is having on the Peregian Beach Park;

- create a better balance between the success of the event with the local amenity.

The report calls for the event to be self regulating in order to reduce the level of permit monitoring in line with approved temporary events across the region.

"The number of patrons can vary from between 500-700 at any one event," the report states.

"Organisers must consider the type of performance scheduled and adjust their risk assessment accordingly to meet crowd control requirements. While it was a requirement for the East Coast Originals to address this within their long term business plan, the organisers have not addressed matters in relation to crowd control.

"It is evident alcohol consumption within Peregian Beach park during the Peregian Originals is occurring.

"While this matter is a matter for the Queensland Police Service, council's permit conditions will continue to specify the need to adhere to the event being a non-alcohol event, where event organisers heavily promote to their patrons that drinking alcohol in a public place, including roads, footpaths, parks and beaches is prohibited."

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