Busking will now be approved at certain sites across the Southern Gold Coast to support existing festivals and events, with a trial commencing in May. The approved sites in Coolangatta and Tugun will allow buskers with the required Council permits to perform on-street entertainment only during major festivals and events.
Connecting Southern Gold Coast will become the authority for managing busking and busking permits in the region, matching the role of Surfers Paradise Alliance and Broadbeach Alliance in their respective precincts.
“This is great news in time for Cooly Rocks On, with organisers pleased to have on-street musicians providing quality entertainment for festival-goers,” said CSGC CEO, Peter Doggett.
“In addition, busking in the Southern Gold Coast will be beneficial to building the atmosphere in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“It also provides our local businesses with the assurance that unwanted busking will not take place outside of the permitted sites.”
Auditions will be held by Connecting Southern Gold Coast in the coming weeks, and approved buskers can apply for permits online through the Southern Gold Coast website.
Permit fees will cost $87 for three months, with a special event permit for Cooly Rocks On to cost just $29 for two weeks (June 1 – 13 inclusive).
Permits will not be transferrable to other names or locations (ie Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach) and must be held for the region in which the busker wishes to perform.
Information, guidelines and applications for Busking Permits can be found at www.southerngoldcoast.com.au/busking-trial