Push for Labor Loves Live Music to be state-wide reform

NEWCASTLE councillor Nuatali Nelmes pushed for Labor Loves Live Music to become state-wide reform at the NSW party conference in Sydney over the weekend.

Cr Nelmes acknowledged the removal of developmental red tape in 2009 made live music easier to promote, but wanted it taken a step further by the opposition government.

Speaking to the conference yesterday Cr Nelmes wanted to have the changes to planning laws included as Labor Party platform.

Cr Nelmes received rousing applause after she outlined planning controls to have inner-city developments geared towards dealing with live music from some venues.

‘‘We want people to come back into the city and if we are going to have more residential developments in the city we have to change the planning laws to accommodate them,’’ Cr Nelmes said.

‘‘We need developments that don’t prohibit live music and venues that are suitable for night-time activity.

‘‘That could mean double glazing windows and other structural changes to make live entertainment suitable for everyone.’’

Prime Minister Julia Gillard spoke at the conference yesterday morning and said the federal government had the cheque signed and ready to fund Sydney’s North-West rail link.

Hunter rail companies UGL Limited and Downer EDI could be involved in making the commuter trains, but other than that the Hunter was not mentioned by Ms Gillard.

State Opposition Leader John Robertson was focused on the push to increase membership of the Labor Party and new policy for selecting Labor candidates after the crushing defeat in last year’s state election.

‘‘A committee of party elders, chaired by former deputy premier John Watkins, will interview and vet candidates to ensure that the person who represents your community is worthy of your vote,’’ Mr Robertson said.

Federal Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon weighed into the ongoing stoush with the Greens saying the party was idealistic and not practical.

‘‘Labor has a history of advocating for working-class Australia,’’ Mr Fitzgibbon said. ‘‘The Greens have preferenced One Nation in the past because they are idealistic and not practical and they do not stand for social justice and equality.’

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