Bring back live mu­sic

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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.

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