Rainbow Serpent Festival submits new application for permit
UPDATE: Rainbow Serpent Festival organisers have submitted a new application for their Places of Public Entertainment permit and are confident the Australia Day weekend event in Victoria will go ahead.
Pyrenees Shire Council had rejected a previous application, leading to media reports the longstanding annual festival was cancelled yesterday.
However organiser Tim Harvey says a second application has been submitted, with results known on Monday.
"We have had a very positive second meeting with Pyrenees Council today and we are happy to say the relevant authorities are more supportive of our resubmitted documentation," Mr Harvey said in a statement.
"We are extremely thankful that everything is on track for Rainbow Serpent Festival 2013 to receive our POPE permit at around 3pm next Monday.
"The Pyrenees Council and the emergency services have been instrumental in facilitating the reconsideration of the permit and we would like to thank them enormously for their time and patience.
"We would also like to thank all our amazing supporters and patrons for their words of encouragement.
"Everyone is working extremely hard to make Rainbow 2013 an incredible experience."
Running for four days over Australia Day weekend in January each year, Rainbow Serpent attracts over 10,000 people from all over Australia and the world expecting to see over 100 artists across a multitude of music genres including live bands, electro, house, breaks, dub, trance, technno and ambient.
For more information, see rainbowserpent.net
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Festival fun: the crowd at Rainbow Serpent Festival in Victoria in 2012.