Except, it seems, grumpy older people who are choosing to move from outlying suburbs into denser areas as they retire.
The music industry in Melbourne is suffering as a result:
Long-running live music venues across Melbourne are feeling the pinch of gentrified inner-suburbs.
A single noise complaint from a nearby resident costs a pub thousands of dollars in noise proofing, which many venues cannot afford.
ABC, Industry warns noise complaints could see Melbourne’s music scene shift to Sydney, 5 January 2014.
If someone in an apartment complex or street throws a noisy party and it runs past midnight, that’s fair cause for complaint. But it’s time councils stopped pandering to ill-informed misanthropes who move into areas without performing due diligence. It’s time these people are reminded that they’re not the only people in the world, and the things they are complaining about are too important to the cultural heritage of the city to be shut-down on their whim.
Growing up in NSW, I constantly heard of people living near Lucas Heights (Australia’s only nuclear reactor) who were always up in arms about the presence of a nuclear reactor nearby. Except, of course, the nuclear reactor had been there first. Councils allowed people to build closer and closer, and people chose to live closer and closer. At the end of the day, the fault lay with councils and residents, not ANSTO.
It’s the same thing here: the live music industry in Melbourne is under attack by misanthropes and dodgy real estate agents/landlords. If a person buys or rents in an area and hadn’t been adequately warned about the cultural noise levels, then the real estate agent or the landlord should be held accountable to appropriately sound-proof the home, not the venue that’s been operating for years or even decades. If the person was informed – and signed their understanding, then it’s their fault, not the fault of the venue.
Society is for everyone, not just the grumpy old men who figuratively scream “get off my lawn” at every person who walks within ten metres of their house.
It’s time to draw a line, or Melbourne will suffer as a consequence.