Old warehouses, office blocks, storefronts, and everywhere in between could soon be a potential live music venue if a radical new proposal developed by the former Leichhardt Council and the Sydney Fringe Festival is adopted by the Inner West Council.
The proposal would allow any non-residential building to be used as a live music space, without the need for any development applications. This is part of former Leichhardt Council mayor Darcy Byrne’s long-held plan to turn Parramatta Road into an artistic hub.
“The obscene cost of property in the Inner West has been destroying the habitat artists depend on for years,” Byrne explains in a press release.
“Without a dramatic increase in the spaces available for rehearsal and performance our once famous music and arts scene will become extinct.
“Eliminating the need for any red tape or a development application in order for a gig or an exhibition to take place is a radical idea but it may be the last and best hope of keeping places for emerging artists in our gentrifying capital cities.
“At the moment a bookshop proprietor, warehouse owner or café manager who wants to allow a performance on their premises is forced to spend thousands of dollars on a development application for an approval they may only ever use once.”
Sydney Fringe Festival Director Kerri Glasscock produced the report, and explains that it is mostly common sense.