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Busker rules relaxed to revive urban villages
Street performer: Busker Reuben De Melo plays in Oxford Street in Leederville. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

Buskers will find it easier to ply their trade on some of Perth's most popular restaurant and retail strips under City of Vincent plans to relax restrictions on street performers.

If the plans are endorsed by the Vincent council tomorrow, sections of Leederville, Mt Hawthorn, North Perth and Beaufort Street in Highgate and Mt Lawley will become "street entertainer zones" where performers like local busker Reuben de Melo will not need a permit.

It comes at a time when some bricks-and-mortar retail is struggling and was an idea from the Beaufort Street Network as part of a push to reinvigorate the street.

Vincent mayor John Carey said the proposal was one element of the council's plans to renew and reactivate its "urban villages".

"Vincent has some of the best retail and cafe strips and it's all about how we create more activities in the town centres to attract people there, to keep them longer," he said. "Clearly some of our urban villages are having big challenges ahead so we're really doing a raft of measures, which also includes beautification of the streetscapes."

Some restrictions would still apply for buskers, including requiring them to play only at prescribed locations that would be marked by small discs reading "play here".

Performers would also be required to register their details on a city database and could be required to provide a public liability insurance certificate in some circumstances.

The West Australian

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