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Toogoolawah concert in doubt

The Somerset Regional Council has launched legal action to stop the River Rock music festival in Toogoolawah from going ahead.
The Somerset Regional Council has launched legal action to stop the River Rock music festival in Toogoolawah from going ahead.

There'll be no head-banging, devils horns or lengthy guitar rifts blaring out into a cheering crowd in Toogoolawah if Somerset Regional Council have their way.

The River Rock Festival, planned by Rockden Promotions, was to be held on a 32-hectare site at Dead Horse Lane in Toogoolawah later this year with an anticipated crowd of 5000.

Twenty-four bands were expected to perform at the festival, including the likes of aussie icon Angry Anderson, with festival-goers offered overnight camping.

However Somerset Regional Council have played the role of party poopers with councillors unanimously voting in their September 25 ordinary meeting against the festival due to be held Saturday, November 9,

Council has even launched legal action to stop the festival from going ahead, with safety concerns and organisers' non-compliance with local laws the driving force behind the decision.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said festival organisers had failed to make adequate arrangements to ensure public safety.

Cr Lehmann said Toogoolawah Police and Queensland Ambulance Service had advised Council the festival was extremely high risk due to lack of planning and notification to emergency services.

"Council is not prepared to give the green light to an event that carries a high degree of risk to those who attend," Cr Lehmann said.

"Council's engineers consider Dead Horse Lane is not adequate for the anticipated level of traffic likely to be generated by the event and note that no traffic management plan has been provided.

"The event would be better suited to be held on another date next year, when all the necessary planning has been conducted."

Cr Lehmann said organisers had not provided public liability insurance details and Council had concerns about the suitability of the site from a noise, dust and traffic movements perspective.

Organiser of the River Rock Music Festival Mario Tedeschi, from Rockden Promotions, was shocked by Council's objections.

"I've bent over backwards and did everything and they reject it," Mr Tedeschi.

"It was to bring something to Toogoolawah and to put them on the map."

Mr Tedeschi said he informed Council about his plans in May.

"I got stuffed around for three months," he said.

"That's their loss and I'll take it elsewhere then."

Topics:  toogoolawah


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