Buskers performing in Sydney's Central Station tunnel claim police are unfairly targeting the prime hotspot.
This comes after several buskers claim to have been asked to leave the tunnel by police, without understanding the legal reasons for being asked to move on.
Guitarist and singer, Ethan Gillett said: “It’s really hard to understand why we’re being kicked out for no reason.”
Mr Gillett has been forced out of the tunnel, his prime busking location and his main source of income for the past four years.
“They asked me for my licence and then kicked me out with no proper explanation…” Mr Gillett claimed.
“They told me the tunnel was a part of the train station and that the station is not a place for buskers, even though I’ve been busking there for many years.”
Others claim it's not the first time that police have targeted buskers in the central tunnel.
Jason O’Mara, former central tunnel busker, guitarist and singer said an officer had been moving buskers along claiming that the tunnel belonged to the station.
“I find it quite funny knowing that a good chunk of the Sydney Train staff donate.”
Earlier this year, Mr O'Mara, along with five other buskers who had been moved more than ten times, collaboratively wrote a letter of complaint to the NSW Police Transport commander.
The letter acknowledged the general tolerance of buskers by most police officers, but also called for the commander to instruct certain officers to “start acting sensibly".
A police spokesman said police have authority under S64(2)(d) of the Passenger Transport (General) Regulation 2017 to give a move on direction to buskers in the Central Station tunnel, as the tunnel is classified as railway premises.
"However, it is always up to the discretion of individual officers as to whether a move-on direction is issued," the spokesman said.
Yianni Adams, longtime Sydney City busker said: “I’m not surprised, I feel like police approach buskers as a nuisance rather than an important part of the community, they don’t take it seriously and can easily use their powers against us.”
“I think it’s definitely becoming more concerning now especially considering how commuters can be equally as disrespectful to us when they walk past,” Mr Gillett said.
“If it does continue to escalate we will have to come together and do something about it.”