Live music set to return to tavern

The owner of Mt Helena Tavern wants to re-introduce live bands. Picture: Bruce Hunt d404262
The owner of Mt Helena Tavern wants to re-introduce live bands. Picture: Bruce Hunt d404262

A Keep Live Music at Mt Helena Tavern Facebook page was set up this month to boost public support to have live bands return after the shows were cancelled following a number of noise complaints.

The page, which includes images of past performances, gained 285 ‘likes’ in its first eight days.

Tavern manager Danny Lynch said noise from live bands had been a contentious issue for the pub for about a year, with nearby residents lodging complaints to the Shire of Mundaring.

‘We had to stop live music, which we had been doing for six years, after we were warned and fined by the shire over the noise,’ he said.

‘Measures were taken to reduce the noise. We closed the doors and had the bands lower the volume, but we were told if we breached (the noise threshold) again, we could face a fine of up to $125,000, so live music was stopped.’

Mr Lynch said many of the tavern’s customers were angered by the decision.

He said his lease on the property would soon run out and he would move on to another business. Mt Helena Tavern owner Dannyel Broadbent, who also owns the Mundaring Hotel, told the Hills Gazette that she would take over the lease following its expiry on September 7.

She said she had plans to re-introduce live bands.

‘The tavern will be closed for about one or two weeks while it changes hands, but once it reopens I plan to have live bands back,’ she said. ‘I also plan to renovate the pub.’

Ms Broadbent said she was aware of community support to return the live entertainment.

‘The locals were really upset, a petition went around, too,’ she said.