Radio broadcaster Alan Jones is calling for a new Gold Coast music festival to be shut down after learning that it will bar locals from nearby parks and beaches at Coolangatta.
On his 2GB radio show, Jones has voiced his displeasure at news the SandTunes music festival will deny local residents access to their beaches.
The festival will shut down local parks as well as the entire beachfront from Kirra to Greenmount from November 30 to December 1, with organisers looking to sell 35,000 tickets each day.
The shock Jock said it’s “beyond disgraceful” that the local community and businesses weren’t consulted about the event, with Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey saying the locals are “absolutely distraught”.
“We do not believe that we should be denied access to our public amenities. What are visitors going to say who have already pre-booked?,” said Stuckey.
“The fact there’s no pass-outs means that there’s virtually no opportunity for traders.
“We don’t want to be labelled a party town. It is the wrong event, the wrong size, the wrong location, the wrong time of year, and we’re going to be stuck with it for several years.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones has thrown her support behind the festival which is being organised by Promoters TEG Dainty.
“This brand-new concept on the beautiful sands of Coolangatta Beach is set to attract 35,000 people per day to the southern Gold Coast,” Jones said.
“We expect up to a third of those attendees will be from interstate.
“We’re playing to our strengths — that’s why the event program is designed to showcase Coolangatta’s iconic beaches.
“The SandTunes program has also been strategically planned to finish at 10 each night so visitors can enjoy the city’s night-life, spreading the benefits of this great new event to pubs and clubs.”