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Policy easing up on buskers to finally get green light

A busker in Queen Street

A busker in Queen Street two months after the council policy was changed in December 2014,

Almost three years ago Campbelltown Council decided to ease restrictions on buskers and other street performers.

It came off the back of feedback that its Trading in Public Places (TPP) Policy was too restrictive and kept such colourful entertainers away from places like Queen Street.

So on December 9, 2014, council voted to change the policy to make it easier for street performers to entertain shoppers in public places like Queen Street.

But now it has been discovered that the original policy was never rescinded.

As a result, councillors will be asked to formally rescind the old, restrictive policy to empower council to “support a range of activities (such as busking and street art performances) that would enhance the culture and vibrancy of the city’s public places’’.

“This report recommends that the TPP Policy be rescinded given the policy is now redundant and the policy provisions conflict with the provisions of the replacement Street Trading Policy,’’ says the report.

It is expected that the new policy will be given the final go ahead at tonight’s meeting, which starts from 6.30pm.


♦ Also on the agenda for tonight’s meeting is a recommendation that the proposed Library Education Autism Program (LEAP) trial be given the green light to start in October.

If that is the case the trial will go ahead at HJ Daley Library Campbelltown and be completed in December this year.

 HJ Daley library will be the venue for an autism trial

The HJ Daley library will be the venue for an autism trial to start in October if council votes for it tonight.

The trial will be reviewed and a report prepared for council afterwards.

There will be two components to the program:

The first is a music based program for children on the autism spectrum up to the age of 12 years.

This will be an eight week program and will be delivered in a partnership with Aspect Macarthur, who will bring a small group of six children from a satellite class from a local school to attend, alongside other children from the community aged two to five years.

Component two will be a Saturday morning early opening program.

This will involve families with children on the autism spectrum being invited to visit the library at a quiet time to become familiar with, explore and utilise the library space in a relaxed manner.


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