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Busker still not happy with rules

A frustrated Andrew Finlay has got the guitar, but it's not out of it's case.
A frustrated Andrew Finlay has got the guitar, but it's not out of it's case.

THE guitar's tuned, the vocal cords are ready but Andrew Finlay is still not busking regularly.

After receiving the all clear from Whitsunday Regional Council to do what he loves, he took to the streets at Fantasea Cracker Night last month.

This was the first and last time since receiving his busking permit on August 10 that Finlay has played his music on the streets.

He said it was just too difficult for him and others to busk.

Mr Finlay said Council had done a back-flip on the conditions of the permit and that certain clauses including the busking times had been difficult to work with.

Council confirmed yesterday that busking can take place between the hours of 9am and 12 midnight but an individual busker can only operate for a two-hour slot per location within that time frame.

Mr Finlay was ecstatic about a month ago when Council gave him the green light but now says the situation is just too hard and not good enough.

“They are not going to sell any permits in this current format,” he said this week.

“I've exhausted all my diplomatic powers in this matter.”


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