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Observatory Precinct selected as venue

The Observatory Precinct area is a hive of activity as the area is set up for Melbourne’s first Listen Out music event to be held on Saturday 5 October.

Listen Out Melbourne is an over-18, multi-stage, fully-licenced, outdoor music event with food and beverages run by Fuzzy. Fuzzy is a professional organisation that has been running music events in beautiful, sensitive and heritage listed venues - including a number of botanic gardens - around Australia for 17 years.

The Observatory Precinct has been temporarily fenced off in preparation for the event but the rest of the Gardens is still open and operating as usual. The Observatory Café, Visitor Centre and The Gardens Shop all remain open and can be accessed via Birdwood Avenue (near the Education Entrance).

The horticultural and arboriculture staff at the Gardens have been working closely with event organisers to ensure that the event area is properly protected throughout the event set-up, during the event and bump-out.

Prof Tim Entwisle said it was great to have this event happening onsite.

“Just like the Moonlight Cinema and the Shakespeare Theatre, the Listen Out event brings a new audience to the Gardens. Some of the proceeds generated by this event will also be invested back into the Gardens to help us continue out scientific research, our conservation work and our education programs.”

“We hope our visitors understand that while the event may cause some short-term inconvenience, the benefits for the Gardens will be long-lasting.”

In line with the Gardens' high environmental standards, Fuzzy has a Waste Minimisation and Recycling Strategy aimed at creating minimal waste going to landfill and encourages patrons to recycle using financial incentives and easy recycling points throughout the venue.

An accredited acoustic engineer will be onsite at all times to ensure that the event is compliant with the regulations set out by the EPA. There is an event hotline to manage any complaints about the noise with the sound engineer ready to test the sound levels in the immediate area and respond as appropriate. The hotline is: 9252 2471.

The Observatory Precinct will re-open to the public from Monday 7 October.