COMPETITION is expected to be fierce among buskers in the weeks leading up to Christmas to secure a spot in the central business district and Orange City Council staff who manage the roster, say places will be allocated on a first come first served basis this year.
Council staff are encouraging people to get themselves organised with a one-off fee to be paid to council for the privilege of busking with that fee entitling buskers to play in the street for the whole year.
“There is a remarkable level of competition from young people and their parents who want to busk during the high-traffic Christmas period,” said Orange City Council spokesman Allan Reeder.
“It’s a great opportunity particularly for young children, to gain performance experience and to make some money,” he said.
Mr Reeder says buskers will be allocated a maximum of three half-day sessions in three different locations around the central business district.
Mr Reeder says council now has the task ahead of managing the high volume of applications expected to flood in.
“Council has developed a system to give all performers a fair chance to busk,” Mr Reeder said.
Some spots outside businesses are available but only with the co-operation of the nearest business owners.
Mr Reeder said anyone wanting to busk in the Christmas holiday period will have to turn up at the Civic Centre on an allocated day to be announced soon by council.
“Council is also reviewing the current approach to see if it can be streamlined to make it simpler and fairer for all concerned,” he said.
Pre-registration is available at council and prospective buskers can ask for application forms to be sent out in the mail from today.
Anyone who was on the list last year and busked in the CBD will automatically be sent a busking form.
For more information about registering or to be sent an application form call Belinda Riach at council on 6393 8295.