Buskers unplugged

Complaints about the level of noise from buskers has led the City of Melbourne to trial a ban on amplified sound in Swanston St for three months from August 1.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the City of Melbourne received 264 formal noise-related complaints about buskers from January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016.

“Busking contributes to the vibrancy of Melbourne’s streets and is generally popular with residents, workers and visitors,” Cr Doyle said.

“However, that needs to be balanced with protecting the amenity of people who live and work in the city.”

The area from Flinders Lane to LaTrobe Street will be designated as a 24/7 non-amplified busking zone. Amplified busking will be permitted at the Chessboard area near Café L’Incontro (next to the Town Hall) on Sundays from 10am to 6pm.

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