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Music to their jeers

A council-organised musical performance in the Maude St Mall has led to complaints from business owners.

RHIANNON GAVALAKIS December 13, 2013 3:39am

mall musiciansJoseph Moorhouse, Cameron Canobie


Too much festive cheer has provoked complaints from some Maude St Mall shop owners.

Shepparton musician Joseph Moorhouse, 18, said he was taken aback on Wednesday when a shop owner addressed him in an abusive manner during a performance he was hired for in the mall.

‘‘I was a little bit shocked,’’ he said.

‘‘It was a bit disheartening, but performers do get heckled sometimes, you have to move past that.’’

Greater Shepparton City Council and Shepparton Show Me organised the live entertainment that included a variety of music and dance acts.

Volunteer sound technician Cameron Canobie said he also received some negative feedback on Saturday, but it was quickly resolved.

‘‘It was more a matter of working with our store owners and our community,’’ he said.

‘‘We don’t want to cause trouble for businesses, that is the opposite of what we want to achieve.’’

He said the entertainment was aimed at bringing a sense of community to Shepparton.

‘‘It is about providing opportunities for young people to get involved and the central business district is the perfect place to do it,’’ he said.

Mr Canobie said several store owners had approached him to say how much they enjoyed the music.

Show Me committee spokeswoman Geraldine Christou said an issue had been raised over the sound level of the music.

‘‘Council have spoken with the traders yesterday and they are happy with the outcome,’’ she said.

‘‘It is a credit to all parties involved that it was rectified so quickly.’’

Ms Christou said the live entertainment would continue daily up until Christmas Eve, including performances from buskers, school bands, choirs, DJs and dance demonstrations.

‘‘We are trying to encourage locals and people from our catchment areas to come in to the CBD,’’ she said.

‘‘It is aimed at creating a festive atmosphere within the central business district for consumers and traders.’’

Evans Shoes staff member Brittany Miller, 23, believed the entertainment was a positive thing for Shepparton.

‘‘It’s great — people hang around the mall to watch it and then come in to the stores,’’ Ms Miller said.

Jordyn Poliness, 20, said she had noticed the music and dance acts had brought more people to the area.

‘‘It is good, I do work nearby though and we have had to turn our own music down so it doesn’t compete with (the live music), so we can hear the customers,’’ she said.

For more information about events at Maude St Mall, visit www.sheppartonshowme.com.au

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