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December 06, 2017

Vooze 2017 - the festival that wasn't.

The first ever Vooze Festival was cancelled by organisers last week after there was insufficient time to resolve concerns from residents and issue a planning permit.

Scheduled to take place at the Somerset Crossing Winery from December 2-3, the festival was going to feature a mix of techno, acoustic and blues music.

However, on November 28 organisers posted on the Vooze Festival Facebook page that objection letters from neighbouring Seymour residents had forced a postponement of the event.

‘‘Without the consent from these community members we are unable to obtain our required planning permit, and therefore, are unable to host the festival,’’ they said.

‘‘We can assure you that the Vooze organisers, the Mitchell Shire Mayor and Council have tried everything in our power to get these objections retracted, address their concerns, find an alternative venue in either the Mitchell Shire or even Melbourne but due to the difficult circumstances it is not possible.’’

The organisers promised to issue a full refund to all ticket holders.

Mitchell Shire Council CEO David Turnbull said the planning application was advertised for the standard 14 days and that a number of objections were received in relation to the potential impact on residential amenity and the environment.

‘‘As objections were received, council was unable to issue the planning permit because objectors are entitled to a 28 day period where they can seek a review of the decision at VCAT. This would not have been able to occur before the event was scheduled,’’ he said.

‘‘While some objectors’ concerns were able to be addressed, others were not resolved.’’

Mr Turnbull also said Council works hard to work with applicants to facilitate a broad range of events in Mitchell Shire which can attract visitors and provide opportunities for local residents, supported by its economic development strategy.

‘‘Council encourages event organisers to speak with council and get their event planning applications in early,’’ he said.

‘‘At this stage, council has not received any formal request to re-schedule the event.’’

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