Canberra's Live Music

Care about live music? So do we! 

The ACT Greens believe that live music and events are an integral part of the life of our city, and essential for our increasingly vibrant and culturally diverse community.

As more and more people are living in our city and town centres, music venues are under pressure from increasing complaints about noise from local residents.  The recent examples where daytime jazz music has been pushed out of the cultural precinct at New Acton bring this issue into focus.

On Thursday, ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury will be calling on the ACT Government to agree to develop a policy and actions to support live music and events. This work should include:

  • Identifying  and designating particular areas as entertainment zones to allow greater flexibility around noise levels;
  • Implementing the principle of “order of occupancy”, so that residents moving into areas with existing venues are not able to pressure venues to close;
  • Revising residential building codes in mixed use zones to require acoustic insulation; and
  • Reviewing the impact of the Liquor Act on small venues and music events.

As far back as 2009, the ACT Greens instigated an Assembly inquiry into live community events. In 2014 there are still many opportunities to implement the recommendations of that inquiry to support live music and events in our community.