Amplified busking allowed

THE music will live on in the streets of Byron Bay.

Buskers will still be able to plug into amplifiers - battery powered only - but will have to go acoustic from 10.30pm. And all busking must stop at midnight.

That was the outcome of a review of the busking policy at last Thursday's Byron Council meeting.

Buskers had feared amplified music would be banned after noise complaints from some business owners.

But happily, according to Cr Simon Richardson - once a busker himself - he was able to convince the majority of councillors to keep the music alive.

Cr Richardson said busking was a "hugely important" facet of Byron Shire life and it also gave local musicians an income source.

"I think locals and visitors alike expect there will be some vibrancy on the streets," he said. "People can have a creative and cultural experience without having to pay for it.

"It also shows the intent of our shire and that we do value the spontaneous experience."


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