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Canberra's Music Industry Still In Dire Straits

Category: Capital Radio News

Local musicians will continue moving away from Canberra unless the government gets serious with it's reforms to protect Canberra's live music scene, according to the President of Music ACT.

David Caffrey today held a 'loud' but peaceful protest outside the Legislative Assembly, on the day the ACT Government announced it was introducing new reforms that would help 'help nightlife and live music flourish'.

The timing couldn't be anymore coincidental.

After a decade of the music industry being left frustrated at the lack of movement from the government, on the same day a motion was entering the Assembly calling for changes and Opposition Spokesman for Planning Mark Parton asking for action on dedication precincts, the ACT Government finally relented.

The new reforms include:

  • Extend daytime noise limits.
  • Tasking the National Capital Design Review Panel to consider acoustic amenity when it reviews mixed-use developments.
  • Better information for residents, including renters, and businesses.
  • Noise limit information on ACT Government maps.

But they stop short at dedicated precincts for the ACT.

"The steps Labor are presenting today won't even allow a Saxaphone to be played in the courtyard of new Acton, they are not going to save the music industry what so ever," Mr Caffrey said.

"At the moment apartments and hotels keep getting approved in the city, and music venues are going to be marganilised, closed and shutdown. ACT Musicians will keep moving to Melbourne and other cities."

Greens Leader Shane Rattenbury once again continued his calls for dedicated entertainment precincts to be an option going forward. It's quite possible both Mr Rattenbury and Mr Parton could form an unlikely alliance that will see greater reform of live music in Canberra.

It would make the Greens Leader a renegade, breaking ranks from within the Barr Coalition putting pressure on a government that has lagged on reforms that would protect local music for the best part of a decade.


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