EARTHCORE Events boss Spiro Boursinos has rejected claims that his Pyalong Festival is unwanted by the majority of locals.
His comments come after the 2017 incarnation of the dance music festival was rejected by Mitchell Shire Council.
Council said the proposal was received late, didn’t include required information and was for different dates than those submitted the previous year when applying for a permit.
“Even if council did have authority to grant the request, it would be refused due to significant concerns about patron safety, illegal drug use, traffic management, security and noise that have not been addressed,” a council spokesperson said.
Mr Boursinos said he was not given a chance to comment before the publication of an article in the McIvor Times about the festival’s rejection — despite the paper sending an email and making numerous phone calls to the contact details on Earthcore Victoria’s website.
“The person contacted was the previous market stall coordinator and not an employee of the company, so remarks that the paper attempted to contact the organisers multiple times is false,” he said.
“A simple Google search would have found the contact details of the company. Clearly the paper didn’t bother doing this.”
Mr Boursinos said claims that the majority of residents are against Earthcore were “absolute lies” and a council search would show overwhelming support for the festival.
“There are over 150 letters of support versus four objection letters,” he said.
“Claims that walls were shaking because of noise are absolutely false. There is not one recorded instance with council or the Environmental Protection Agency of this ever happening.”
Mr Boursinos also said claims the 43-year-old woman who died at the 2016 Earthcore event was a volunteer or employee of the company were “absolutely false and defamatory”.
“Many other false and defamatory remarks have clearly been created based on the view of one person who is against the festival,” he said.
“The fake and highly defamatory remarks have caused me extensive damage to my reputation and brand.”