No easy decision for Peregian Originals
  • Friday 29 June 2012

The popular Peregian Originals concerts will continue to be held twice a month at Peregian Beach Park after Sunshine Coast Council approved a permit application allowing the events to continue until the end of September.

Before then, the event’s managers East Coast Originals, must present a long term business plan, providing solutions to council and community concerns about the event’s impacts on local residents.

Division 11 Councillor, Russell Green, said the decision would provide an opportunity for both the organisers of the event and the local community to address council.

"There is no doubt that this event has almost become a victim of its own success," Cr Green said.

"Today’s decision reflects council’s acknowledgment of the event’s popularity and success but also its desire for balance between supporting our local creative and events industry, while minimising the impact on the communities in which they operate.

"We are not putting off the decision but opening the door for some robust discussion with the organisers to help understand the future of this highly successful event.

"We want this great event to remain sustainable over the long term but also need to consider the impact it has, particularly as it continues to grow in popularity, on the local community, venue and environment.

"The main concern is that Peregian Beach Park as a ‘local level park' is not adequately equipped or sized to facilitate a concert of this size, scope and frequency (500 to 700 people twice a month).

"There is no doubt, however, that it is an event that the wider community love and which contributes to the local economy with audiences patronising local restaurants and cafes, including the Peregian Beach Surf club.

"We need to get the balance right. Over the next three months, council will listen to both the community and the event manager. Council will be better placed to make some good decisions once it better understands East Coast Originals’ long term plans and strategies that will help minimise the financial and resourcing risks associated with the event to ensure its ongoing sustainability.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Peregian Originals is a significant event and decisions about its future should never be taken lightly.

"Over many years, Peregian Originals has grown to be such a fabulous event, an important economic driver and an outlet for up and coming entertainers," she said.

"Council does not wish to take this away from our region however there are some unacceptable behaviours which we do need to address – and today’s decision will help council to do this."