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Busking red tape keeps up standard

Effective: John Logan has hit back at local busker Tim Walsh’s claims the Coffs Harbour City Council’s busking policy is ‘ridiculous’.
Effective: John Logan has hit back at local busker Tim Walsh’s claims the Coffs Harbour City Council’s busking policy is ‘ridiculous’. Bruce Thomas

BUSKING in Coffs Harbour is no harder than anywhere else, according to local entertainment experts.

After local busker Tim Walsh voiced his concerns on Wednesday about Coffs Harbour City Council’s busking policy, organiser of the Coffs Coast International Buskers and Comedy Festival John Logan came forward to defend it.

“That policy is designed to keep riff-raff off the streets and make sure quality entertainers get a good go,” Mr Logan said.

“I would hope people would take that in the right spirit and go through a small amount of red tape to ensure the standard of busking in the city is kept to an exceptional standard.”

He also hit back at Mr Walsh’s question asking ‘who was qualified to determine talent at council?’

“I am the person people audition in front of and I feel I’m imminently qualified,” he said.

“I have 30 years experience in the entertainment industry plus 10 years of working with the Buskers Festival.”



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