Port Phillip Council has passed a motion that will see the Draft St Kilda Music Live Music Precinct policy go for community consultation and feedback.

The policy is designed to safeguard St Kilda's legendary music scene and streamline compliance and regulation for venues.

It outlines how council plans to support residents, performers, venues and visitors during the development of a proposed live music precinct in St Kilda.

According to council, St Kilda was chosen as the location for the live music precinct as it is home to almost 70 percent of venues in the municipality. If implemented, St Kilda will become Victoria’s first live music precinct.

Deputy Mayor Andrew Bond said at the council meeting on March 15: “We want St Kilda to be the home of live music… we wish to create a situation where that is much easier for both residents and our venues.”

Bond said he was glad to see the policy finally go out for industry and community consultation.

He said the initiative wasn’t a vehicle for increasing permissible noise levels in St Kilda, but a mechanism by which planning, regulatory and compliance requirements can be simplified, with one body - the council - responsible.

The policy has five goals:

  1. Protect existing, and encourage new, live music activity in a supportive environment where the needs of the live music sector are balanced with those of the residential and business communities;
  2. Develop a clear framework for the community and the industry to co-exist, based on clear and transparent communication, process and expectations;
  3. Ensure any proposed new residential use takes account of any existing venue, and the possibility of new venues (this extends the agent-of change principle to a whole-of-precinct approach);
  4. Advocate to state government for changes to planning and regulatory tools to achieve simplified and aligned processes for the live music industry, within the designated precinct, and;
  5. Explore the mapping of live music venues, to best manage and support live music activity.

The proposal will include Fitzroy Street, some parts of Acland and Barkly streets, and foreshore public spaces.

The policy includes a yearly review and will inform residents, venues, artists and audiences of the establishment of the precinct, and provide ongoing updates.

The beat goes on at The Espy. Facebook/Esplanade Hotel.

An initial consultation of the community by council found 70 percent of respondents indicated they were supportive of the goal regarding a live music precinct.

Councillors voted unanimously at the meeting on March 15 to approve the release of the draft policy for community consultation.

Consultation will include clear messaging about potential impacts on residents.

To have your say go here. Feedback open until April 14, 2023.

A summary of the feedback received will be shared with the community in May.