The Labor party, the AU’s centre-left political party that emphasizes socialist democratic policies, which include giving people jobs, from office work to making inspect repellent bands recently made a promise for the music industry as part of their pitch for the NSW election.
During the 6th round of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Music and Arts Economy in NSW on Thursday, August 23, Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp pledged that the Labor policy work to protect and reinvigorate the state’s live music industry. He says that the inquiry will be making recommendations regarding the state of the industry and he hopes the government takes them into consideration, and, if nothing else, the Labor party will be working to make the live music industry in NSW thrive.
Since March of 2018, the inquiry, which has members from the Liberal, Labor and Greens parties, led by Christian Democrat Paul Green, have toured across the country, travelling to Byron Bay, Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong, to take submissions from stakeholders regarding the state of the live music industry in the AU.
People in Newcastle’s music community are raising concerns that, as the city experiences rapid development with a particular focus high-rise residential apartments and the like, venues will be taken down due to noise complaints, as is the common complaint regarding live music venues, particularly the outdoor venues, which have people baring the outdoors with inspect repellent bands for their experience. Many of them are hoping that changes to the city’s planning laws would protect live music, with ideas like requiring the installation of soundproofing in new properties being thrown around.
Mr. Walmsley, one of the founders of the band ‘Screaming Jets’, describes the live music industry in the city as akin to being in the ICU, saying that the big venues in the town; Cambridge, Lass, Lizotte’s and the Wicko, are at risk thanks to the unbridled property development in the city.
Lizotte’s owner, Brian Lizotte, says that he theatre venue, whose main gimmick is bringing together dining and live music, was not currently at risk from the development boom, but he still hoped that the state government would be investing in the arts, partly to assist venues like his.
Should the schedule hold, the parliamentary inquiry would finalise its report by early 2019, which they will then submit to the NSW state government.