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§15/6/16 Perth man denies causing neighbor's fatal heart attack during loud music dispute ABC

§ Cairns man who shot neighbor amid loud music row sentenced to jail 15/10/2015 ABC News. Yet again, a single noise victim gets jailed, while the serial noise perpetrator repeatedly escapes any punishment.

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§  Industry warns noise complaints could see Melbourne's music scene shift to Sydney
By Mark Doman, ABC, Updated Sun 5 Jan 2014, 2:57pm AEDT

The Melbourne music industry has warned live music venues will close down unless more is done to protect pubs from noise complaints. Long-running live music venues across Melbourne are feeling the pinch of gentrified inner-suburbs. A single noise complaint from a nearby resident costs a pub thousands of dollars in noise proofing, which many venues cannot afford. Guy Palermo runs the Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood; a hub for the city's punk and hardcore scene. Until recently he operated the venue without major issue. "First time we had a complaint was 10 months ago which was from the same tenant, who had moved into the area and was renting the place," Mr Palermo said. "There are residents who are closer than this guy, he's gone now but we still have council on our backs and we're on the back foot."
Live music in Victoria:

    Victoria has the most venues in Australia: 600
    Music contributes $500 million to the state's economy annually
    More people watch live music in Victoria than regular AFL games
    Music generates 17,200 Victorian jobs
    Read the 2011 report into live Victorian music

The complaints meant the local council had to step in and the hotel was taken to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. A last-minute deal with the council meant the Bendigo could keep operating. "I don't think that one resident should be able to justify all that expense and the angst for any venue owner," Mr Palermo said. It is a common complaint from venues owners and one that is threatening the viability of Melbourne's vibrant live music scene.
'Gigs could move to Sydney unless changes are made' Dr Kate Nash is an urban planning researcher at Melbourne University; she says the Bendigo Hotel is not the only venue dealing with complaints. "It's a big issue, the population of Melbourne is growing rapidly and so is the number of complaints against music venues," she said. Dr Nash helped develop a live music action plan aimed at reviving Sydney's music scene. The plan recommends building code changes, a review of the way offensive noise is defined and setting up a mediation process between venues and disgruntled residents. Dr Nash says Melbourne could learn a few things from Sydney. She says if nothing changes, Australia's live music capital will suffer. "I think the scene could move to Sydney, if the opportunities started opening up in Sydney and closing down in Melbourne it doesn't take much to shift," she said. Venue owners say putting the onus on developers to build more soundproof homes will go a long way to preserving Melbourne's music scene.

 §     A case of Sonic Fatigue

 § Woman menaced with crossbow over Music By staff writers From: NewsCore July 13, 2011 10:39AM

A WEST Australian woman was threatened with a crossbow by her neighbour last night for not turning down her music.
Police spokeswoman Ros Weatherall said the man went over to the woman's house near Australind, about 160 kilometres north of Perth, about 10:00pm (WST) and threatened to shoot her with a crossbow if she did not turn down her music.
"Police attended and while they were talking to the woman, they heard a noise of a crossbow being fired and heard the bolt go through some trees above their head," Weatherall said.
After back-up arrived, the man was ordered out of his house and arrested. The man was charged with a string of offences sand will appear in court at a later date.



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