Bring back live music
THERE comes a point when the ridiculous becomes completely insane, and I think we’ve hit that point in regards to the situation arising from Port Douglas resort managers who are complaining about entertainment being provided in local entertainment venues.
The vast majority of locals and tourists in the area would have no other option but to deem it ludicrous that an individual would take up residence on the main street of a resort town, and then complain about the fact that a nearby venue, was providing, God forbid, music for their patrons, as they have done for decades.
No blame can laid upon the venue operators for adhering to the current laws, but something has to be done about these laws within themselves.
The Port Douglas town centre has a reputation for being a vibrant social scene, with live music being a big part of that for a long time now, and we’re very close to losing that reputation, effectively having the majority sterilised by the whims of the few.
The restrictions currently in place dictate that musicians must effectively be quieter than the ambient noise produced by a crowd of people conversing, be quieter than sports commentary blaring from speakers at venues broadcasting sports events and make less noise than the birds that congregate on the main street.
Is Liquor Licensing going to fine the birds for having a good time?
Researchers at the University of the Bleeding Obvious have deduced that it makes sense to zone Macrossan St as an entertainment precinct, or something along those lines, as pioneered by Brisbane in regards to live music in Fortitude Valley.
Musicians and patrons aren’t asking for audio anarchy, just a bit of breathing space for entertainment in the centre of a resort town that has always had a great reputation for live music - until now. I wish I could reasonably and articulately relate a simple solution to this problem, but I don’t.
I just hope that ranting to a public forum will at the very least contribute to channelling the huge amount of public sentiment regarding the maintenance of the life, colour, and culture of the town we choose to live in. Long live music.