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Protections for existing live music venues welcomed
08 August 2014
Yarra Council has welcomed the State Government’s introduction of the ‘agent of change’ principle, which will provide important protections to live music venues.
Yarra Mayor Cr Jackie Fristacky said the agent of change principle, putting the onus on new residential developments near music venues to install adequate soundproofing, provides greater certainty to venues and recognises the economic and cultural contributions of live music to Melbourne.
“This long-awaited legislation protects the rights of established venues and is particularly good news for Yarra – the home of some of Melbourne’s oldest and most iconic live music institutions,” Cr Fristacky said.
"Live music venues not only add vitality to our community, but also contribute significantly to Yarra's economy as well as to state gross domestic product," she said.
“Council has long been aware of the pressures on live music venues, especially as more people choose to live in the inner-city and in close proximity to commercial and entertainment precincts.
“We recognise that live music is the lifeblood of Yarra’s cultural and artistic identity and have developed a number of initiatives over the last few years to protect the rights and viability of existing venues.
“For example, Yarra has a clause in its local planning scheme that requires residential developments being built near commercial centres to use acoustic treatments to reduce the impacts of noise.
“The aim of the clause is to ensure new residents do not have unrealistic expectations of noise levels when they move near a live music venue.
“In this year’s budget, Council also set aside $25,000 for a Live Music Acoustic Fund that will help venues meet the costs of addressing amenity issues, such as soundproofing." she said.
Earlier this year, Council announced that it was in the process of developing a protocol with Music Victoria and the National Live Music Office to enable a more cooperative relationship between Council and live music venues when complaints about noise arise.
“The protocol would call upon the expertise of Music Victoria to provide advice to Council about solutions for live music venues that receive complaints or face complex compliance issues,” Cr Fristacky said.
“Over the last two years, Council has been proud to fund the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival which showcases and celebrates the music scene that comes to life every night of the week in Yarra’s 50-odd local venues. Council increased its funding to $80,000 for the 2014 festival that warmed up Yarra’s winter from 4 – 20 July,” she said.
The idea for the festival came from Council’s Live Music Working Group, comprising residents and music industry professionals. The Live Music Working Group was established by Council in 2010 to work through issues that impact on Yarra’s live music community.
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