Music event to be reviewed

Federation Square will review the soon-to-conclude Sunday afternoon season of Piknic Électronik before making a decision on its future.

The weekly musical event has generated complaints from people living in Flinders St towers adjacent to the “Paddock” area across the railway lines.

Federation Square CEO Ron Gauci told CBD News that a thorough review would be conducted before any decision on a future season would be considered.

Residents and Federation Square are in dispute about the actual sound levels generated by the event.

Mr Gauci said sound engineers had assured him that the noise was within acceptable limits, but he couldn’t say specifically what the decibel reading was.

108 Flinders St building manager Danny Gerrard said he measured the Sunday afternoon sound at more than 75 decibels outside the building during the event, but only 65 decibels was permitted.

A resident of 108 Flinders St said he would sell his home and move rather than endure another season of Piknic Électronik.

Mr Gauci said he believed Federation Square had received only one complaint about the event.

“We are told we are within acceptable limits.  We are compliant.  I’m not sure what more we can do,” he said.

The event ran every Sunday until 9pm from January 17 until April 3.  The Sydney version of the event was cancelled before it started for unknown reasons.

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