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Originals hangs on

The fun-loving crowds which flock to Peregian Originals concerts may not be enough to save it from being shut-down.
The fun-loving crowds which flock to Peregian Originals concerts may not be enough to save it from being shut-down. Jason Dougherty

LIKE a good rock and roll act, the Peregian Originals will continue rambling on.

Organiser Jay Brisoff will continue preparations for Sunday's event, complete with interstate acts, following a dramatic about-face by Sunshine Coast council to allow the event to run 24 times a year.

In a previous meeting, councillors backed a scheme to halve the number of events held at Peregian Beach Park.

The other half would have to be held elsewhere.

Between the two decisions, Mr Bishoff ran an online campaign through the event's Facebook page calling for supporters to contact the council.

Cr Russell Green yesterday spelt out his support for the event but not without conditions.

“It's very much a process to ensure a community event survives,” Cr Green said.

“The event will continue but they have a responsibility as does any event organiser.”

The concert has been criticised over noise, traffic and parking isues, and finishing times.

An independent report to the council stated former permit conditions were sometimes confusing or irrelevant.

In granting a permit for the event up until mid-2012, councillors made clear the event had to be kept in check.

If it breached the conditions of its permit three times, it would risk cancellation.

“It's three strikes and you're out,” Cr Green said.

Cr Green will chair quarterly meetings with organisers and residents.

Mr Bishoff said the latest victory was thanks to “people power” on the Coast.

“I have to congratulate the public for its massive support,” he said.

“We have always encouraged our fans to communicate in a dignified manner.”

Mr Bishoff said the council “refused to communicate” in the lead-up to the decision.

The event on Sunday will run from 1pm to 5pm at Peregian Beach Park.

Reggae-groove act Kooii, from Brisbane, Asa Broomhall Trio and Vorn Doolette will perform.

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