Following on from the recent discussion here re live music vs developers:
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From: "Richard Tonkin" <richard_tonkin@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 31 July 2002 12:30
Subject: Governor Hindmarsh Hotel Adelaide Media Release, 01/08/02
> In a two month period in Adelaide nearly a dozen live music venues ceased
> hosting gigs due to pressure from housing developers. Much of this was
> to complaints from bogus "neighbours", often employees of the developers,
> often residing in another area, who made noise complaints to the liquor
> licensing commission.
> As there was nothing in our state's laws to differentiate between noise
> music (outside noise levels are supposed to be less than 50dba after 10
> which is less than the volume of your average toilet flush) the complaints
> usually resulted in the venue ceasing.
> At one pub, The Crown and Anchor, the lawyer for the newly adjacent
> development on several occasions entered that venue to demand cessation of
> music. Shortly thereafter the pub changed ownership.
> It came to a cultural head when we at The Gov found plumbing pipes
> sticking out of the ground behind the pub. We automatically feared a
> worst-case scenario, and screamed for help.
> A local found sketches of the seven proposed townhouses on buydomain.com,
> be built between the pub and the very nearby train station.
> A student set up savethegov.com, the media promoted the address, stickers
> began to appear at pedestrian crossings (this all within four days) and
> the music and mainstream media began reporting the situation both locally
> and nationally. A local band wrote a song that could be downloaded, and
> people everywhere began to discuss what to do next.
> On July 14, two weeks after the discovery, five thousand people marched
> the main street of Adelaide to rally at parliament house for a musical
> celebration, including, Cuban, Jazz and Hip-Hop bands and Australian
> songwriter Eric Bogle. The march was led by Glen Shorrock of the Little
> River Band, an ex-Adelaide resident.
> It was agreed politically that something should be done. Our previous
> state goverment introduced legislation changes. After a delay of about
> months, mainly due to an election and a change of leadership, the new
> government, assisted by its oppositioin, took up the challenge.
> In the week of the first anniversary the new Attorney General held a
> press conference in the front bar of The Gov to announce that laws to save
> live venues had been passed. The story has and is being reported all over
> Australia that there is now a distinction between live music and noise.
> There is an opinion in Adelaide that highlighting the situation may
> potentially resurrect the understanding of the necessity of live music in
> our society. Venues are falling to housing development all over the
> country, reports are coming in from other countries, and until developers
> have the understanding that housing created near live music venues should
> insulate its residents against a musical neighbour (not close the venue
> down) a crucial element to modern aural cultural transmission is in dire
> We believe that until all elements of the legal situation are resolved the
> situation is still tenuous, and if developmental forces succeed in such a
> currently public environment the cultural message would be ominous.
> If this information can be circulated in any useful way, please feel free.
> My address is richard_tonkin@..., the pub's is www.thegov.com.au.
> and there is a good archive of savethegov.com on the net.