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CFA: stay away from Maitreya music festival
CFA has added its voice to authorities urging revellers to stay away from the unauthorised Maitreya music festival after organises failed to obtain a permit for the event near Charlton.
CFA District 18 Operations Manager John Bigham warned anyone attending the event would potentially put their safety at risk with emergency services not in attendance during the event over the long weekend.
“We’re staggered that despite failing to obtain the most basic permits organisers are determined to push ahead,” Mr Bigham said.
“It’s simply irresponsible to hold such a large event without even the most basic services including water, toilets, showers, medical care or fire management services.”
He said businesses, such as caterers operating at the festival site on Lake Wooroonook would be breaking the law.
He said despite claims by the organisers, no alternative venue had been secured and Buloke Shire had refused the event a permit.
Last Friday, VCAT upheld Council’s decision and ordered organisers to declare the event cancelled.
Today’s plea to revellers from CFA follows a similar call by Victoria Police.
“We’re always happy to support legitimate events organised by responsible people who can provide a safe environment for those who attend,” Mr Bigham said.
“The organiser of this event, however, has shown scant regard for the safety of patrons and we feel we have no choice but to warn those attending of the risk they’re taking.”
Mr Bigham said authorities had appealed to the organisers again today to follow the VCAT enforcement order, but without success.