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Live Music Matters plan released

An action plan to encourage more live music has been released following an investigation into why live music and performance is under increasing pressure in Sydney. The Live Music Matters action plan is the work of an 11-member Live Music and Performance Taskforce set up in December 2012 by the City of Sydney to revive Sydney’s live music and performance scene.The plan aims to create new opportunities for musicians and performers and overcome obstacles to live music and performance. It tackles issues such as regulatory barriers, the availability of space to rehearse and perform, developing new audiences and providing opportunities for young people to enjoy and play live music. John Wardle, Taskforce chair and Co-Director of the National Live Music Office, said the plan was the most thorough attempt yet made to resolve issues around live music. “The work undertaken by this Taskforce is nationally significant,” he said. Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne welcomed the release of the recommendations. “It’s gratifying to see that the taskforce and Leichhardt Council are thinking along the same lines,” he said. “We are determined to rezone sections of Parramatta Rd as Sydney’s first live music and cultural precinct. The City’s taskforce recommendations provide a blueprint for how this vision can be brought to life.”

City aims to revitalise laneways

Pedestrians will be able to soak up Sydney’s rich past under a plan to revitalise three of the city’s historic laneways and turn them into destinations in their own right. Footpaths will be widened and decorative LED lights will be installed in Tank Stream Way, Abercrombie Lane and Bridge Lane to ensure the busy thoroughfares are an enjoyable place to linger and explore. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the upgrades were part of an ongoing program to improve laneways across the city centre, with three completed and seven more underway. “We want to ensure that the laneways of Sydney’s heart are interesting and engaging places,” she said. The three laneways are already a lively quarter of busy cafes, restaurants and other popular businesses but visitors and local workers may not be aware of their interesting past.

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