This is a screenshot that I took just a few minutes ago of the Waverley Council web page titled “Use of Public Open Space”. If you look closely you will notice the following:
Waverley Council offers a variety of public open space including parks, beaches, streets, malls and cemeteries, for activities including meetings, picnics, sport, weddings, filming, markets, commercial promotions, etc. Council permission may be required.
Immediately under that opening paragraph is a list of Activities Requiring Permit. As the document notes, you will require a permit to “engage in any of the following activities” … film and photography.
I don’t think that the council policy could be any more straightforward than that. There is no mention of commercial intent whatsover, so the letter of the law as far as Waverley Council is concerned is this: you need a permit before you can take any pictures in that council’s public open spaces. Think Bondi Beach for starters.
So much for freedom of expression. And one has to ask how a council officer (or officers) could ever dream up regulations like these?
UPDATE: Still visible as above on August 19th, 2010. The link for the page is: http://www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/things_to_do/sport_and_recreation/use_of_public_open_space
FURTHER UPDATE: The same information is still visible on the above Waverley Council webpage on September 17th.