Buskers battle Noosa Council

By Sophie Lorenz

A veteran busker hopes this weekend’s national busking championships will help loosen Noosa Council’s current regulations on street performances.

The Council currently prohibits street performers from singing and dancing on Hastings Street.

Noosa busker Will Stephens says the council’s current restrictions are a major setback for local performers.

“Hastings Street is where all the foot traffic is,” Mr Stephens says.

“There aren’t many areas other than Hastings Street and Gympie Terrace where a performer would bother setting up.”

The Australian National Busking Championships will be held at Gympie Terrace across the coming weekend, despite performers saying permits are often quite hard to attain.

“I would love to see the Noosa Council embrace street performers and live music in hospitality venues without so many restrictions,” Mr Stephens says.

Local business owner Luke Czajkowskyj also agrees council regulations are too stringent.

“I would love to see more street performers in Noosa,” Mr Czajkowskiyj says.

“It adds to the vibe of a place – just look at Byron: their busking scene has become a draw card for a lot of people and of course businesses benefit from that.”

The weekend is part of a nationwide celebration of cultural events and music, with finals being held Sunday on the river stage.

For more information check out Visit Noosa.

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