Buskers get early marching orders

OUT OF TUNE: Busker will be told to move along after two hours in Armidale’s MallBUSKERS will be given their marching orders after two hours playing following a review by Armidale Dumaresq Council.

Entertainers will have to change their tune – and venue – after two hours, relocating their act to another area at least 200 metres away.

Mayor Jim Maher said the change would mean buskers were not singing “the same songs in the same place” and would ensure a better balance of street performers.

“We need to keep the culture and vibrancy of buskers but also keep in mind repetitiveness of the performance or the acts performed.”

The review of buskers’ guidelines followed feedback from rangers and shoppers, some of whom had complained about busking and people soliciting donations in the Mall.

Buskers can currently perform for up to three hours at any one location in the mall before moving on, however, that will be cut to two hours.

Rangers will be able to move on buskers performing in shop alcoves and other private spaces in a bid to control offensive noise.

Council also tightened rules on outdoor furniture, such as umbrellas, canopies and blinds. Blinds will have to be fixed on to a shade structure and be made of transparent materials that can be “easily cleaned, maintained and removed”. But they will have to be moved if the shop closes.

Outdoor gas heaters will also have to be removed when shops close.

“It is important that everyone using a footpath for access can do so safely,” officers noted in their report to council.

The changes mooted to street furniture would “address the equity and safety issues”.