‘Amp up the volume’
MUSIC is an expression of freedom but local musos argue current liquor licensing laws are “killing” their freedom.
Ask any local musician or publican in Port Douglas and the response is the same - the crowds are louder than the bands playing and they would all support a change.
Muso Omid Masters agrees the noise restrictions are too low.
“You can often be drowned out by the audience,” he said.
Manager of Rattle ’n’ Hum and Paddy’s Danny Gray told the Gazette it is difficult to have live music with the current noise restraints.
“The noise of a group of 15 people talking would be above the noise limit they have set for us - 75 decibels is pretty much talking level,” Danny said.
“At Paddy’s it is difficult, because we have to make sure its inside, which works all right on our Sunday afternoon sessions, but the artist still gets drowned out.
“Rattle ’n’ Hum can’t do entertainment at all, you want to get a good vibe in the town to get it busy and you try but people complain - why would you buy in an entertainment precinct or main street if you don’t like noise?”
Cairns regional Council’s Planning and Environment manager Peter Tabulo said only the Department of Liquor Licensing can solve this issue.
“The noise restrictions were set and tightened by Liquor Licensing after numerous noise complaints,” he said.
“Council can be a liaison point if people want to write in with concerns to the council, we can talk to Liquor Licensing and forward the concerns.”
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Turn it up: local musos Omid Master and Alan Schultz