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Bendigo Hotel Faces Noise Issue, Heading To Court

The Bendigo Hotel on Johnston Street in Collingwood is the latest live music venue to contend with noise complaints.

In this case, it is from a single resident, who moved into the area in March, and began contacting the licensing authority, the local Council and police a month after. The Bendigo has never been charged with a breach by police or the licensing authority as a result of the complaints, and has had supportive letters from other residents saying the pub’s noise is no problem to them.
 
“I’ve never met him,” owner Guy Palermo told Beat about the resident. “He refuses to meet up with me. In four years, this is the only time I’ve had a complaint. Once his lease ends, I’m sure he will be gone, leaving me out of pocket thousands of dollars. It is possible he may cause the end of live music at The Bendigo after 100 years of the hotel’s operation.”
 
Palermo spent $10,000 on sound proofing the 300-capacity venue, which runs live gigs four times a week, as well as engaging acoustic engineers and checking sound levels weekly. He even offered to take over the objector’s lease.
 
Palermo bought the run-down Bendigo Hotel four years ago. With the help of band booker David Collins, he built it up to being a credible live music venue.
 
“This should be a situation where the resident and venue work together to ensure harmony,” he says. “But the resident will not communicate with venue in any way and he doesn’t own his property.”
 
On Tuesday November 26, Palermo has to attend a hearing at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Music Victoria and SLAM have been supportive of The Bendigo’s plight, offering their resources and advice.