For some great information about supporting live music in the face of noise complaints, please see this excellent discussion. It includes agent of change, EPA noise levels, cultural clusters, and action needed by both councils and governments.
It was recorded in May 2012, but is still relevant in 2015.
Music Activism – Save Live Australian Music (SLAM) – where are you now?
The speakers are:
James Young – Co-owner and band booker, Cherry Rock
Helen Marcou – Co-Founder SLAM – Save Live Australian Music
Dr Kate Shaw – ARC Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne, and music activist
Cr Ken Ong – Chair, Future Melbourne Planning Committee, Melbourne City Council