Feedback wanted on Camden's new busking policy

Anyone who has attended a Live and Local event over the past few years knows that there is no shortage of musical talent in Camden.

Now Camden Council wants to give the region's up-and-coming performers a new way to shine.

The council is encouraging residents to have their say on a new Busking Policy which, after being endorsed at this week's council meeting, is now on public exhibition.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said the policy was developed to ensure a coordinated process is in place for the management of busking activity within the area.

She said busking played an important role in the community.

"It's entertaining, enhances the cultural and economic vibrancy of our local places and helps make public places inviting and warm," Cr Fedeli said.

"It's also a terrific way for our local artists to showcase their talent.

"Whenever we have our local artists perform at our events, I am always blown away by their skills and professionalism.

"This policy will help them perform and get valuable public exposure on a more regular basis."

The council's popular music festival Live and Local has been a huge hit with audiences and performers alike in the past two years.

Performers are stationed in businesses and along Argyle Street to delight visitors.

This new policy will allow musicians to play on council-owned land and requires all buskers to have a busking registration, including evidence of appropriate public liability insurance.

The policy will also ensure there is minimal impact on adjoining businesses and pedestrian safety.

Nine sites are proposed in the draft policy and were assessed in terms of clearance for pedestrian movement and minimal impact on businesses.

These sites include:

  • Corner of John and Argyle Streets, Camden, on the footpath near the NAB;
  • Corner of Elizabeth and Argyle Streets, Camden, outside the Royal Camden Hotel;
  • Camden Civic Centre;
  • Alan Baker Art Gallery, facing John Street;
  • Narellan Library, in the forecourt;
  • Oran Park Library, in the forecourt;
  • Camden Library, facing John Street;
  • 146-148 Argyle Street, on the footpath outside Blooms Chemist; and
  • Corner of John and Argyle Streets, Camden, on the footpath adjacent to Rawson Homes.