Breaking news: Harry Potter event in wildlife sanctuary may change location

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Warner Bros are reconsidering the controversial wildlife sanctuary location of the Harry Potter Forbidden Forest event.

A statement from the CEO of Mornington Peninsula Shire, John Baker, has just been posted on the shire’s Facebook page: “Together with Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment, Mornington Peninsula Shire is re-evaluating the current location of the Harry Potter Forbidden Forest Experience at The Briars in Mount Martha. We will have more information soon.”

The Save the Briars group is cautiously celebrating after receiving an email from the Senior Vice President Warner Bros Themed Entertainment with the same sentiment.

Southern FM’s Alli Harding brought the story to listeners when she  interviewed wildlife advocate Louise Page and the shire mayor on her show, South of the River, on January 7.

The battle had started just a few days earlier, after concerned locals learnt that the council had done a secret deal with Warner Bros to stage the interactive light show at The Briars, which is a haven for thousands of native animals.

The Forbidden Forest Experience is due to start in April and attract up to 3000 people a night over at least six weeks.

Several environmental groups have condemned the event at The Briars in Mount Martha, while more than 20,000 people have signed an online petition calling for it to be relocated. Hundreds of people visited the protesters’ website after the Southern FM interviews.

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  • The pressure from the Save Briars Sanctuary group has made this happen. We’ve all written to WB, Fever and IMG many times and it sounds like they’re listening unlike some of MPS council who have delivered this as a fait accompli saying it couldn’t be changed and didn’t seem willing to listen

  • This is good news. The Decision by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to permit an event of this scale in a sanctuary was a very irresponsible one to begin with.
    Their backflip now, after significant backlash by regular citizens who immediately questioned the obviously flawed logic behind it, does not mean that any future decisions regarding the environment made by this greedy council should be trusted and that the public should scrutinize their motives and hold them accountable on an ongoing basis!