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Constituency Question: Live Music Venues

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): My constituency question is to the Minister for Creative Industries, and I ask: will the minister establish a support fund for live music venues so live music venues in the Prahran electorate can survive this pandemic? Live music venues—the clubs and pubs in the Prahran electorate around the Chapel Street area—are an essential part of our local area.

Revolver, Chasers and the Windsor Castle Hotel are just some of the institutions and many venues in Prahran, and no doubt many members in this place have frequented those venues at some point or another. The vibrancy they bring, their own communities that they have themselves, are so important to local jobs and employment—the artists, the musicians, the DJs, the hospitality workers and those who work in the music industries.

They were the first to close, and they will be the last to open—to protect people’s health—but they still have massive outgoings. The reality is that if they do not get assistance from the state government, many will not reopen and will be gone for good, and with no venues there will be no live music. This would be a massive loss to our identity and punters.