By now you’ve heard the story about the the festival that got slapped with hundreds of thousands of dollars of “necessary improvements” by the government.
Bohemian Beatfreaks was (in our opinion) unfairly targeted by the NSW government, after hearing nothing but glowing reviews from past punters and police involved in with past iterations of the event, they were sent to the Land and Environment Court. They ended up getting the “upgrades” required drastically reduced, from almost $200 000 to a measly $100 000, but made the executive decision to completely change it to another area in QLD. That’s right, a completely different state.
While the government didn’t explicitly tell them they had to change states, it seems pretty obvious that the company at hand, Rabbits Eat Lettuce, felt they had to move.
Some of the main conditions they were faced with were:
- surrounding the event site with chain-link perimeter fencing
- additional security search points inside the venue (between the Campground & event area) with table-top and pat-down searches
- over 30 user pay police at the cost of $105,000 alone
Read the full Facebook post from the Bohemian Beatfreaks below and tell us what you think is next on the chopping board.