David Krewtz is disappointed Sunshine Coast Council issued a permit to allow his neighbour to host a New Year's Eve event with more than 500 attendees. Picture: Patrick Woods.
David Krewtz is disappointed Sunshine Coast Council issued a permit to allow his neighbour to host a New Year's Eve event with more than 500 attendees. Picture: Patrick Woods.

‘Appalled’ rural neighbours unaware of NYE festival

Neighbours of a rural property hosting a New Year's Eve festival for hundreds of people say they were unaware the event was going ahead.

Belli Park resident of 17 years David Krewtz said he thought his neighbour was hosting a small party for family and friends to bring in the new year.

But he found out on Wednesday the neighbouring Belli Oak Tree Rd property was the location for Thrive NYE 2021 Celebration, a live music and arts festival where hundreds of punters would camp overnight.

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Another resident told the Daily she found out about the hinterland event when she saw signs directing attendees to the property on Thursday.

"I just don't want this event next door," Mr Krewtz said.

"If the council is going to allow this then I might as well sell up.

 

David Krewtz is disappointed Sunshine Coast Council issued a permit to allow his neighbour to host a New Year's Eve event with more than 500 attendees. Picture: Patrick Woods.
David Krewtz is disappointed Sunshine Coast Council issued a permit to allow his neighbour to host a New Year's Eve event with more than 500 attendees. Picture: Patrick Woods.

"I'm appalled the council is letting 500 people attend this event."

Organisers Mask Events and Sonic Artistry Entertainment gained a temporary event on private property permit from Sunshine Coast Council.

Tickets were $60 for children and started at $160 for adults, with camping also offered onsite, and would help raise money for Reef Check.

A council spokesman said noise management, a COVID Safe event checklist and community engagement were considered when it approved the permit.

A Mask Events spokesman said residents were made aware of the event, including via a letter box drop.

Thrive NYE Experience at the Sunshine Coast hinterland is described as a mix between Peregian Originals and an epic festival. Picture: Patrick Woods.
Thrive NYE Experience at the Sunshine Coast hinterland is described as a mix between Peregian Originals and an epic festival. Picture: Patrick Woods.

"From our point of view, we went through the process and consulted everyone in the area in accordance with that permit," he said.

"This is a community event, we're trying to create something special after what's been a very challenging year for the music and arts industry and raise some money for a worthy cause."

He said the event showcased local music talent and food vendors.

Another neighbour, who requested to remain anonymous, said she and other nearby residents were concerned about their animals.

David Krewtz is disappointed Sunshine Coast Council issued a permit to allow his neighbour to host a New Year's Eve event with more than 500 attendees. Picture: Patrick Woods.
David Krewtz is disappointed Sunshine Coast Council issued a permit to allow his neighbour to host a New Year's Eve event with more than 500 attendees. Picture: Patrick Woods.

She had horses, and another nearby property had prized cattle.

"If we'd had known we might have even gone to it," she said.
"We would've also moved our animals and known to take those precautions."

Under the permit the event must not exceed 70 decibels between 7am and 10pm - which is equivalent to the sound of inside a car travelling almost 100km/h.

Lower noise restrictions were imposed for between midnight and 7am.



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