To my understanding some capital cities have properly zoned areas for nightclubs, live music venues and so on. Does anyone have any information as to which locations are subject to such policies, what the proper name of the legislation is and what the actual rules are? I am aware of Fortitude Valley in Brisbane and I seem to recall that Adelaide has something similar (?) but what about other cities?
My reason for asking is that as anyone in Hobart will be very well aware, this city currently has a major dispute involving late night entertainment venues versus local residents. Crunch time has come with the largest nightclub in Hobart (Club Surreal, a local icon for younger people which once won a national award for best entertainment venue) now permanently closed and an "animal cage" errected around another popular hotel to limit traditional pre-Christmas and Christmas Eve celebrations.
With practically every pub, live music venue and nightclub now receiving very similar complaints to those which lead to the closure of Surreal and the fact that the complaint related to "7 day a week noise" (Surreal opened after midnight only on Saturday night and was completely shut 4 days a week) it's clear that Hobart is heading towards a near-total lack of nightlife apart from pubs full of pokies in the suburbs and the casino (which has no nightclubs) itself. Not exactly the way to keep young people in the state.
So, what do other cities do to maintain a viable entertainment / hotels industry? The actual complaints in Hobart all relate to patrons leaving the venue rather than noise from activities inside with even the most vocal critics acknowledging that Surreal was absolutely soundproof.
So, what happens elsewhere?