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Tonight in Sydney: Marrickville Council Meeting


Jeremy Harrison at Live Red Art Festival, 2010. Photo via Music Feeds.

Following on from the Leichhardt Council decision a few weeks back, tonight Marrickville Council members will vote on their own "Live Music On Parramatta Road" motion.

It probably goes without saying, but it's extremely important that both councils go into this with the same objectives. With Parramatta Road acting as the dividing border of their precincts, it's kinda pointless if only one of them is actively pushing for a revamp of the strip.

That said, Marrickville Council also have their own separate issues to consider, away from Parramatta Road. Most notably there's the continual struggles of "illegal" venues that operate in the industrial parts of Marrickville (Dirty Shirlows, Median etc), as well the recent closure of some established venues in the area.

From the proposed motion:

It is suggested that Council undertakes research to understand reasons why legal venues such as Notes Enmore, The Sando Newtown have closed down in recent months. This research should include factors such as economic sustainability, liquor licensing laws, BCA requirements and accessibility requirements. Once the above constraints have been identified, it will assist with the development of programs and policies that could support the proposed Parramatta Road initiative.

It is also suggested that further research take place to understand why alternative music venues such as Dirty Shirlows and Median (both located in the industrial parts of Marrickville) were not able to meet the requirements to make the venues legal and permissible. Informal feedback indicates that the fire, safety and accessibility requirements expected of the venues make it financially unsustainable for small business owners to open and operate a music venue legally. This research could be used to inform the development of Council's role in fostering the live music industry.

The item is number 20 on tonight's agenda. The meeting will be happening at 2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham (that old building behind the Oxford Tavern) and commence at 6:30pm.

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