The Planetary Boundaries :Maitreya Arts and Music festival (Organisation…
The Planetary Boundaries :Maitreya Arts and Music festival
Venue management failure
The Buloke shire council claimed the bush doof damaged the environment and did not ensure the safety of festival goers.
Council claims of - dug up a lake bed, and failed to ensure festival goers' safety.
The event's organisers deny the council's claims, and want to resurrect the festival, saying it would help the drought-stricken rural town
They have been unable to pay out ticket holders after a second festival planned for the same location was cancelled and are offering tickets to a future event as compensation — if they get the go ahead.
Like many rural towns, Charlton has weathered years of drought. Main street businesses are shuttered, and there is little outside money coming in.
Cash flow came at a cost
Festival organisers offer tickets as compensation
Event manager Lachlan Bell said the company was within its rights to refuse a refund, and ticket holders would be offered entry to a future event instead.
Charlton Forum president Alan Getley is a champion of the festival and the money that it brings to the town.- barbecue run by volunteers at the festival raised $80,000 for the community.
2.5 million expected boost for the local economy
The Buloke Shire Council said the organisers had unearthed Aboriginal relics, dug up a lake bed, and failed to ensure festivalgoers' safety.
Environmental and safety concerns -"They were meant to have an ambulance onsite and they did not," the council's Jessie Holmes said.
She is among 1,500 ticket holders who have been refused a cash refund for the cancelled event, which cost upwards of $100 a ticket.
Two years on, ticketholders like Frankie are still fighting to get their money back.
Ticket holders were not told the festival had been cancelled until the day before, after organisers were threatened with a $1.5 million fine if they went ahead.
Reaction from community
Charlton Forum president Alan Getley is a champion of the festival and the money that it brings to the town.
He said a barbecue run by volunteers at the festival raised $80,000 for the community.
"That's a lot of chook raffles you've got to have to get that sort of money," he said.
"It was just phenomenal money coming into the community.
Environmental and safety concerns -"They were meant to have an ambulance onsite and they did not," the council's Jessie Holmes saidThere were a number of other issues dealing with the waste water from the toilet facilities.
"They installed a waterslide which involved digging up large sections of the lake bed," she said.
The next year the council rejected Maitreya's application to hold a second event at Lake Wooroonook.
Council claims -"Sometimes my emails went ignored; other times there was quite a level of animosity," she said.
She wants to see organisers held to account.
"They have a responsibility to their patrons, to their community and to the environment to ensure that they're finding the balance between putting on a good, fun time and making sure they're not doing that at the expense of others," she said.
"I don't think they've found that balance."