Let Clay Play - Change the law to allow buskers to perform freely in Lane Cove, Sydney.
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Hi my name is Clay. I’m a 23 year old full-time working musician that lives in Sydney, Australia. I am currently trying to change the busking law that will allow permits for musicians to busk in North Sydney, specifically in the Lane Cove area.
Lane Cove is currently the only council in Sydney that doesn't have busking permits available for musicians and performers. This means legally you can play or perform at any time, but if one single person from the general public complains, you can be threatened with fines or even legal action. Unfortunately for myself and other musicians in the area, there happens to be one gentleman that knows this law well. He continuously calls the local council whenever a local busker tries to play/perform. He knows that due to the current law, he can get them removed.
One unsubstantiated complaint = never allowed to play here again! This is by no means fair!!!
I have personally been threatened with a $200 fine and banned to perform in the Lane Cove area due to his complaint. The surrounding local businesses want to hire myself and other musicians to busk on a Friday night for their customers. The business owners in the area strongly believe that a creative edge in Lane Cove would bring an influx of business and a welcoming nature to the area. Due to the unwarranted complaints from this gentleman musicians are unable to return.
I have had meetings with the Lane Cove City Council and they have been very understanding, as they actually enjoy buskers in the area and also agree that it’s positive for the suburb and surrounding local businesses. Busking brings a sense of community and uplifted public morale to all. However, due to a number of projects that the council are working on, bringing in busking permits for musicians is at the bottom of their “to do” list.
We have been told that the support of others towards our cause will help quicken this process. This is where we all come in...
Basically, the more support this receives, the faster this issue is resolved. We want to make busking in Lane Cove area a fair and fun experience for everyone involved. Get behind local music and bring back buskers into Lane Cove with specific guidelines for everyone to follow.
Please sign the petition and show your support. Help legalise and champion creative expression in Lane Cove TODAY. Thank you.
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