Busking trio strike foul note with F and Cs

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 application 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.

A Grafton woman, who asked not to be named, said she confronted the group on Thursday.

"I went up to them and asked them to stop playing the offensive music," she said.

"They told me it was punk rock. I told them I'm a bit partial to punk rock from time to time, but they needed to find another platform for it because of the offensive language. They asked what that meant."

The woman said the swearing in public was upsetting people.

"They said they had tried playing normal music and it hadn't worked," she said.

"They told me they had tried to get jobs and they couldn't. So they were doing this.

"I had already notified the council, a crowd was gathering and they were becoming more annoyed, so I left.

"I have a major issue with people using offensive language and engaging in otherwise anti-social behaviour at any time, but particularly in front of children and the elderly," she said.

"They must wonder what has happened to their beloved town of Grafton where youths yell out the c-word at passing cars and people walk on by and do nothing.

"Well to quote Daffy Duck - not this little black duck."

Busker rules

Buskers will be asked to move on or cease their activity in any of the following:

 They are deemed to be causing a nuisance by council-authorised officers.

 They cause undue obstruction to pedestrians or vehicular traffic and to entrances of shops or buildings.

 They use dangerous implements or materials as part of a performance.

An authorised officer of council may ask a busker to cease busking if the performance is considered to be contrary to this policy, causing undue public inconvenience, interfering with the conduct of business or contributing to a lack of public safety. The busker must immediately comply with any such request.

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