PLANS are in place for Stuart Mill to host a three-day electronic music festival from December 4 to 6, 2021.
After running the event at Marysville for two years, 2018 and 2019, organisers of the Wild Horses music festival are looking to bring the event to the area, with a planning permit application before Northern Grampians Shire Council.
The documents outline plans for a COVID-safe event with an estimated 2000 attendees.
The all-ages event would be hosted on private property in Stuart Mill, with patrons camping at the site. Liquor will not be sold at the event, with limited BYO available.
Wild Horses festival organiser Yaron Bruck said a $20,000 plan to build an access road to the event site will be awarded to a company in the region.
"The local Stuart Mill community have accepted to have a food stall rent-free and is planning to give all funds raised to their local fire brigade," he said.
"They have raised more than $45,000 in the previous three years when the Babylon festival took place in the region.
"On top of this we will have an estimated 2000 patrons that are going to be moving through the region over the week of the event and purchase from the local shops."
He said organisers were looking to maximise the economic benefits to Stuart Mill and nearby St Arnaud, making the event a tradition for the region into the future.
"We do believe that our event will bring a lot of business to the area and as "guests" in the region, we do want to bring the best economical and cultural experience and hoping to make it a tradition so the Stuart Mill and St Arnaud community and surrounding areas can enjoy and benefit from it every year," he said.
"It's important to emphasize that this event is an alternative event, not commercial, and our crowd is well behaved with an average age attendance of 30 years old. They are well educated about nature and the environment and are very respectful."
Northern Grampians Shire Council will have to make a decision as to whether or not the event will go ahead.
Organisers have submitted several planning documents to the council, including noise, traffic and waste management plans, as well as emergency and fire management documents.
Mr Bruck said he understood potential concerns from nearby residents about the festival, but wanted to assure residents of the organisers' attention to detail.
"Obviously, we do understand that there are some concerns from some local residents about trespassing, noise, traffic, and dust during the event and we can assure that all of these issues have been addressed and discussed with the top tier professionals in the industry to make sure that we're preventing any interference and concerns with the locals," he said.
For more information on the Wild Horses festival, visit https://www.wildhorsesfestival.com.au/.
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