Indigenous performers could busk without permits under City of Sydney plan
Indigenous Australians Indigenous performers could busk without permits under City of Sydney plan
Clover Moore says policy recognises right of Indigenous people âto experience and share their cultural heritage in the public domainâ
A new proposal allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to busk without a permit in Sydneyâs CBD has been welcomed by Indigenous perform ers.
Under the City of Sydney policy â" which is open for feedback until the end of October â" Indigenous people wonât need a busking permit to practice their culture in public spaces managed by the city.
The change would be an important step towards showcasing Australiaâs Indigenous culture to the world, according to street performer Russell Dawson.
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âTo allow Indigenous people to actually go about and promote their culture â" thatâs a good thing.â
Dawson has worked as a street performer in Sydney with Koomurri Aboriginal Incursions for more than 30 years.
He believes the change would also be a âstepping stone for bridging the gapâ.
âI think itâs a good approach for reconciliation in Australia,â he said. âItâs all a bout coming together and celebrating Aboriginal culture.â
The lord mayor, Clover Moore, said the proposed policy has been developed with a range of stakeholders.
âOur new policy recognises the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to experience and share their cultural heritage in the public domain,â she said in a statement on Tuesday.
âBusking adds life and soul to a city and makes our public spaces more interesting and creative.âTopics
- Indigenous Australians
- New South Wales
- Indigenous peoples
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