This comment is from a concerned resident of the Valley:
Hi there, Haven’t spoken to anyone from this website before, but I’m resident in Ambermere Drive who is concerned about the proposed 3 day Rave Party in the Hartley Valley. I have recently spoken to an Events Coordinator at the Lithgow Information booth to get some more information about this event. He was quietly optimistic about the proposal, telling me it was a very tightly run operation – drug and alcohol free, with a high admission fee likely to prevent attendees wandering off and into residents properties. However, am I the only person who thinks this entire proposal is insane on every level? Three days of loud music in the valley will travel far and wide.
If I can hear the trucks climbing up the pass from my bedroom at night, what will rave music sound like at half the distance? Isn’t Hartley a community of residents who primarily live in the area to enjoy the country life, and the peace and quiet. I missed the information day, but I believe the documentation on it suggested up to 20,000 attendees may attend the event. That’s the entire population of Lithgow (as per the 2009 census).
What’s more, have you read today’s news? http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/84-arrested-at-western-sydney-rave-20130421-2i85e.html 84 people have just been arrested at the “tightly run” event that ID&T run at the Sydney Dragway. So for what it’s worth, and from what I understand so far, I am completely against this event, and can scarcely think of a more intrusive and inappropriate event for the Hartley area. When I first heard about it, I thought it may have been an April Fools joke. But what’s the feeling among other people? Am I alone in this view?
Editor’s Note (July 2013):
The latest news about this proposed festival is that, fortunately for most of us, although not everyone agrees, the Q-Dance Festival people have rejected Hartley Valley for their 3 days of electronic “music” in favour of a more remote valley where there are fewer neighbours and animals to distrub.