City of Melbourne bans busking

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Buskers protest the three-month ban.

Following a string of noise complaints, the City of Melbourne will introduce a three-month ban on amplified busking on Swanston Street.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the council hoped making Swanston St from Flinders Lane to La Trobe Street a non-amplified busking zone would cut the number of noise complaints.

However Melbourne busker Des Kennedy feared the situation could become more permanent and widespread. He organised a silent protest of about 60 angry buskers outside the Melbourne Town Hall, saying the ban would kill buskers' income.

Following a string of noise complaints, the City of Melbourne will introduce a three-month ban on amplified busking on Swanston Street.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the council hoped making Swanston St from Flinders Lane to La Trobe Street a non-amplified busking zone would cut the number of noise complaints.

However Melbourne busker Des Kennedy feared the situation could become more permanent and widespread. He organised a silent protest of about 60 angry buskers outside the Melbourne Town Hall, saying the ban would kill buskers' income.

Buskers have started a petition urging an end to the ban. They say: “This is not just for us buskers, this is for the future of Melbourne's street life.”

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