Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

UPSET OVER FOUL SONGS Buskers Offend; Punk Words Rock Public on CBD Street

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

UPSET OVER FOUL SONGS Buskers Offend; Punk Words Rock Public on CBD Street

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Byline: Tim Howard tim.howard@dailyexaminer.com.au

A TRIO of buskers assaulting the ears of passers-by with filthy lyrics in the Grafton CBD will be told to move on if they officially come to the attention of the authorities.

Both the police and Clarence Valley Council rangers have the authority to shut down any bawdy balladeers who affront the sensibilities of the public.

A thumbs up/thumbs down post on The Daily Examiner Facebook page raised awareness of the group.

"Thumbs down to the buskers at the Prince St link entrance today who sung filthy songs featuring plenty of f-words and c-words. It was a pretty disgusting display of antisocial behaviour," one poster wrote after seeing the group in action in Prince St, outside The Link on Thursday.

Other people posted that buskers using foul language in their songs were seen at the same place on Sunday.

As the controlling authorities, the council and police said they had not received any complaints from the public.

The council emailed The Daily Examiner a list of guidelines and rules for buskers.

This includes an applic-ation form to be filled out and an application fee to be paid.

However, this allows the activity over a period of time and does not specify where they can perform.

The regulations say buskers must accept directions from police or council rangers. Grafton police would most likely ask the group to stop singing and move on, Sergeant Adam Brown said.

"Before we can do anything, we have to receive a complaint from the public or an officer sees them behaving in an offensive manner," he said.

Sgt Brown says police have the power to levy on-the-spot fines from people using offensive language in a public place.

"We would probably give them a move-on warning initially, if what they were doing was causing distress or offence," he said. …

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