UPDATE: Organisers of the Rabbits Eat Lettuce rave have accused Coffs Harbour City Council of wasting ratepayers' money to stop a pre-festival launch party that was never going to happen.
The council went to the NSW Land and Environment Court for an injunction to stop this weekend's 24-hour electronic dance music event going ahead at 500 Fridays Creek Rd in Upper Orara.
However, the festival's organisers issued a statement saying that location was never on the cards.
"The event on the weekend has never been advertised as being in Coffs Harbour Shire," it stated.
"The event on the weekend is our launch party for our festival (on the Easter long weekend).
"We notified the lawyers representing Coffs Harbour Shire that the event is not taking place at the Friday Creek venue in Coffs Harbour Shire, however they did not listen and wasted ratepayer money to file an injunction at the Land and Environment Court."
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THERE are fears a rave banned in Coffs Harbour could move close to Byron Bay.
A 24-hour "launch party" which was meant to be a taster for the upcoming Rabbits Eat Lettuce rave near Coffs Harbour has been shut down by council and police - at one location, anyway.
The electronic dance music mini-festival was due to be held this weekend.
According to its website, the rave was "hidden in the jungle" about 190km from Coffs and 130km from Byron Bay, with ticket holders only told the exact location shortly before the event.
However, Coffs Harbour City Council applied to the NSW Land and Environment Court to stop organisers throwing the party at 500 Fridays Creek Rd in Upper Orara, about 17km from the Coffs Harbour CBD.
Justice Terence Sheahan ordered the organisers, Erik Michael Lamir-Pike and Shane Michael Lowe, not to hold the festival at the Upper Orara site.
"The respondents are known to council and to the local police, from their earlier dance party ventures, which generated many problems and complaints..." he said.
Neither of the organisers attended the hearing.
Council argued the location was unsuitable due to traffic issues, flood risk, threat to water quality and koala habitat, fire risk, poor emergency access and evacuation arrangements and its impact on neighbours.
Two police witnesses echoed the concerns.
However, it may prove to be a non-issue for Rabbits Eat Lettuce revellers.
The website states the location of the launch party is actually closer to Byron Bay and Ballina than Coffs Harbour.
"Our venue is nestled down the very end of a private valley surrounded by big gum trees and sand stone cliffs and there are no neighbours for over 6km which means no sound restrictions!" it says.
The main event will be a three-day electronic music festival held on the Easter long weekend from April 3 to 6.
Attempts were made to contact the festival organisers but no response was received.
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