‘Amp up the vol­ume’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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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Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Turn it up: lo­cal mu­sos Omid Mas­ter and Alan Schultz

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