Protester, Deidi Vine wants the doors to Coorabell Hall reopened for live music.
Protester, Deidi Vine wants the doors to Coorabell Hall reopened for live music. The Northern Star

Live music venue closure sparks outrage

OUTRAGED musicians and residents have staged a sit-in at Coorabell Hall, to protest its closure as a live music venue.

The hall's managers called police to the scene yesterday in a bid to disperse the protesters, who were determined to create some noise over the issue.

Up to 80 residents gathered in front of the hall and created a drumming circle.

"It is not the end," local singer Deidi Vine vowed.

Byron Shire Council last week received a noise complaint from a new resident and contacted the hall committee to inform them that they would have to take action to fix the problem.

The committee decided to close the hall to all amplified music, saying they were not able to be out at midnight measuring sound levels.

Tweed/Byron Police Inspector Ross Wilkinson said that police had been contacted by the hall's owners.

By the time police arrived, most of the crowd had already dispersed of their own accord and the hall had been locked.

"Police have attended and spoken to protest organisers and the relevant legislation was explained," he said.

"The majority of the protestors left the hall area of their own free will after registering the protest with electronic and print media and have disbanded peacefully.

"Police role in this incident was one of mediation and information between all parties."

Locals have rallied against the decision the close the hall to live music in a series of protests that began last Saturday night.

"We had a gig here on Saturday night that was supposed to be cancelled," Ms Vine said.

"We had a film crew coming and bands. We went ahead even though it was advertised that everything was over."

Since then, residents have been camping out at the hall on a makeshift bed on the stage.

Ms Vine said they had gained access with a key.

"It's about us, as a unique community, needing to have freedom of expression throughout local halls, which are not alcohol-based and which are child friendly."


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