Originals Concerts staying in Peregian
  • Thursday 17 March 2011

A lengthy process to consider and balance the views and needs of key stakeholders connected to the Peregian Originals Concert has come to an end.

Sunshine Coast Council today decided it would renew the permit for the event organisers, the East Coast Originals to hold 24 concerts a year (two a month) at Peregian Beach Park until 30 June 2012.

The endorsement was made on the provision that all concerts fully comply with all new permit conditions. A three stage warning system was also introduced to be used in the event of non-compliance. The decision followed consideration of an independent review and a comprehensive audit of the permit conditions for the event.

Division 11 Councillor Russell Green said council was fully supportive of the Originals Concerts and committed to working with the event organisers to ensure they adhered to the new permit compliance conditions for this highly successful event.

“Council undertook the independent review to understand the views and needs of the local residents, the event organisers and the event supporters. The review examined current practices and made recommendations for revised permit conditions for future events,” Cr Green said.

“In recognition of the popularity of this event and it being synonymous with the Peregian area, council today made the decision to continue to hold 24 Originals Concerts a year at the current location of Peregian Beach Park.

“Today’s endorsement was on the provision that the event organisers ensure all new permit conditions are met and that they start to be more respectful of, and partner with, the local residential community where they operate.

“The inability to comply with all conditions has continued to be of concern to local residents.”

The Peregian Originals event has grown significantly in size and scope since it started more than 10 years ago. Attendance at the concerts held on the first and third Sunday of each month at Peregian Beach Park is now generally upwards of 500 people.

The independent review highlighted both compliance and non-compliance by the East Coast Originals with their permit conditions. The issues were generally related to frequency of concerts and compliance issues including noise, traffic, parking and finishing times.

The review also captured the local residents’ desire to better balance the success of the event with their local amenity.

Cr Green said it was important to hold regular meetings to work towards balancing the divided views amongst local residents, traders, event organisers and supporters.

“Today’s endorsement also included a condition that quarterly meetings are undertaken with relevant stakeholders, including adjoining residents, which I will chair and coordinate as the divisional councillor,” he said.

The event organisers are also required to provide council with an acceptable long term business plan relating to the Peregian Originals Concerts at least three months prior to 30 June 2012.

For further information regarding the final council resolution for Peregian Originals, visit council’s website.