Fortune teller's future in the palm of Byron council's hand

HANDY LOCATION: Shari Weston having her palm read by Peter the Reader.
HANDY LOCATION: Shari Weston having her palm read by Peter the Reader. Mireillemerlet-Shaw

THE Byron Bay community has rallied around popular fortune teller, Peter Wilton after Byron Shire Council threatened to revoke his palm reading busker's licence.

A petition with 39 signatures in support of continuing Peter's Palm Reading Services was prepared after supporters discovered the palm reader was at risk of losing his busking gig.

The council had threatened to revoke Mr Wilton's license, claiming he was breaching the council's busking policy by setting up his table too close to a retailer offering a similar service.

The council also investigated whether Mr Wilton had been busking at the one location more than the two hours permitted in their busking policy.

Mr Wilton said he has now moved location so that he was further than 100m away from the retailer who complained and was thrilled the community had backed him.

He said he would address the council about the idea of establishing a "community palm reading" service that would allow him to remain permanently in the one position, rather than having to pack up his stall every two hours.

"Everyone from those with no fixed address to those living on Lighthouse Rd signed the petition (to support me)," Mr Wilton said.

"We need a community palm reader proficient in this old craft - that used to be a standard thing in Europe," he said.

People come to a palm reader to seek the advice of an elder and it can range from vocational guidance to marriage counselling."

A staff report before councillors at next week's council meeting recommends Mr Wilton's busking license no longer be revoked now that he is complying with council policy.

Byron Shire councillor Paul Spooner said the council was generally in favour of busking.

"We want to support busking and provide different cultural experiences on the streets of Byron Bay," Cr Spooner said.

Topics:  busking byron shire council

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