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By Colin MacGillivray

The Boogie music festival’s future in Tallarook appears secure after organisers were overjoyed with new permit conditions for the three-day Easter event.

An old council permit required noise from the festival to be ‘inaudible’ to surrounding dwellings after 10pm, leading to repeated noise complaints from some residents.

But Mitchell Shire Council agreed to remove the word inaudible from the permit, giving Boogie clearly defined noise restrictions for the first time.

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Tanya El-Gamal, the owner of the property on which Boogie is staged, said being able to monitor noise had made the festival ‘a lot less stressful’ for organisers.

“As far as I know we were sitting about 20 decibels under our permitted limit,” she said.

“It was really good because it meant we were able to give our punters good quality sound while still being respectful to the neighbours.

“Council and police used to get dozens of calls and be out here all night from 10pm onwards, which was a complete burden on their system as well as ours. It was pulling those important services away from other potentially more urgent callouts.

“Now that the permit has been amended it seems to me that council was able to better manage and respond to the complaints without having to interrupt our operation.”

About 1500 people attended the festival, with the only disappointment being the withdrawal of headline act Pond due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Ms El-Gamal said this year’s success meant the festival would continue in Tallarook for the foreseeable future.

“Now that we’re not scared of having unworkable noise restrictions we can definitely look at booking some bigger artists next year,” she said.

“A lot of the Tallarook community is really into it and they support it. We are thankful to the community for sticking with us and giving us those three days to have a boogie.”

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