Daddy not so cool: City of Melbourne moves on Australia’s Rock Legend

The City of Melbourne continues to bring itself into disrepute and highlights the stupidity of its administration.

Melbourne and international visitors to our city were given a rare and magnificent impromptu concert from Australia’s Rock legend and arguably the best guitarist in Australia, Ross Hannaford of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock fame.

Hannaford accompanied by a percussion drummer had set up on the corner of Flinder’s Lane an Swanston Street and soon  attracted a sizable and appreciative audience. It was one of the best street performances I had seen in a long time. Ross had a busking permit.

The site he had chosen was perfect, in front of a flower bed and inconvenienced no one. Just two legendary musicians playing music in the sun to everyone’s enjoyment

Within a a few minutes of his performance Melbourne City Council Officer, Michael Kuma, oblivious as to the quality of the music on offer, moved him on. It turns out he was on the wrong side of Flinders Lane.

For those who know the work of Ross Hannaford this was akin to asking Sting or Jimmy Hendricks busking on the main street of London or New York, to move on .

If ever there was an example why Street Trading and Busking should be removed from Engineering Services this is it. Stupidity at its best.

Top honcho lycra wearing Geoff Robinson, head of Engineering Services, has no idea of what makes a great city. Clearly there are problems with Street Trading being under Engineering Services.  It seams all the problems facing the City of Melbourne of late arise from Robinson’s department, be it his autocratic style of management or his constant harassment of Street Traders to the detriment of the city.

 

The sooner the City of Melbourne transfers Street Trading to the Small Business Tourism portfolio the better off we will all be.

Daddy not so cool: City of Melbourne moves on Australia’s Rock Legend

The City of Melbourne continues to bring itself into disrepute and highlights the stupidity of its administration.

Melbourne and international visitors to our city were given a magnificent impromptu concert from Australia’s Rock legend and arguably one of Australia’s best guitarist Ross Hannaford of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock fame.

Hannaford accompanied by a percussion drummer had set up on the corner of Flinder’s Lane an Swanston Street as soon  attracted a sizable and appreciative audience. It was one of the best street performances I had seen in a long time. Ross had a busking permit.

The site he had chosen was perfect, in front of a flower bed on the corner and inconvenienced no one. Just two legendary musicians playing music in the sun to everyone’s enjoyment

Within a a few minutes of his performance Melbourne City Council Officer, Michael Kuma, oblivious as to the quality of the music on offer moved him on. It turns out he was on the wrong side of Flinders Lane.

For those who know the work of Ross Hannaford this was akin to asking Sting or Jimmy Hendrick, busking on the main street, to move on . 

If ever there was an example why Street Trading and Busking should be removed from Engineering Services this is it. Stupidity at its best.  Engineering services is not the appropriate department to advocate or develop policies to encourage and manage Street Trading. The sooner the City of Melbourne Transfers Street Trading to the Small Business Tourism portfolio the better off we will all be.

Busking: Council’s Immigration Liability

The City of Melbourne could be in breach of Australia’s Immigration Laws. A review of the Council’s Busking Permit application form shows the Council does not verify an applicant’s entitlement which leaves it open to liability should it permit a person who is not entitled to work in Australia.

Many Buskers are students or overseas visitors on a working holiday. Make no mistake, Buskers and Street Traders add to the vibrancy and vitality of the City and should be encouraged, nevertheless the Council does have responsibility to ensure that those who are granted permission to busk, an activity that generates income, fulfills the terms of Australia’s Immigration Act.


“It is a criminal offence to knowingly or recklessly allow a person to work illegally or to refer an illegal worker for work.”

Staff Responsible:  Kathy Alexander (CE0); Geoff Robinson (Manager Engineering Services); Elizabeth Russell (Busking and Program Co-ordinator/Engineering Services)