ORGANISERS of the Earthcore Summer Dreaming festival held in Elmore in November have denied allegations that they operated without the proper noise permits.
The self-proclaimed ‘‘original bush doof’’ operated without permission for late-night noise, according to Environmental Protection Authority Victoria.
The festival was also riddled with drug use, there was an allegation of rape and a man was arrested on three counts of indecent assault.
And a headline act pulled out at the last minute.
But the organisers said the EPA haven’t contacted them with any breaches.
‘‘Firstly Earthcore did not require any special EPA licence because the festival as always runs within EPA noise guidelines,’’ organiser Spiro Boursine said.
‘‘At no stage did the EPA or the council contact us about any breaches of noise before or after the event or request us to apply for any additional licence on top of the Place of Assembly Permit and POPE permit we had obtained.
‘‘Just because the council and EPA received several complaints from disgruntled neighbours doesn’t mean that there was any requirement for a special licence.
‘‘The very fact there is no evidence to suggest noise exceeded federal noise levels by the EPA or the council reinforces this fact as does the fact that neither body has contacted us about any issues whatsoever.’’
Mr Boursine said they find the ‘‘politics of neighbours having beef with the venue’’ should have no relevance to the festival.
‘‘The council and EPA received noise complaints at times when there was no music even being played,’’ he said.
‘‘Crime rate at this year’s festival has seen a drop of over 70 per cent from the previous year.
‘‘We find this remarkable drop a indication of our successful harm-minimising practices and efforts to create a safe and welcoming environment.
‘‘We note that the stats for Earthcore were far lower than rock music festivals in the same region and various sporting events including the races.’’