Ideas for creating more vibrant, safe and sustainable local night-time economies will be under the spotlight when experts from across the state come together at a forum co-hosted by the City of Sydney next week.
The NSW Councils’ Night Time Economy Forum on 12 October will bring together more than 120 representatives from 29 councils and state government agencies to share their experiences developing and managing local night-time economies from Coffs Harbour to Wagga Wagga.
Presentations, workshops and panel discussions at the one-day forum will explore topics including culture and creativity, placemaking and urban design, policy and research, planning and regulation, and services, infrastructure and safety.
NSW’s night-time economy is valued at $37.3 billion and supports more than 34,000 businesses and 342,000 jobs. Sixty-one per cent of all core night-time economy businesses are food-related, 31 per cent are entertainment-led and eight per cent are drink related businesses such as pubs and clubs.
City of Sydney Councillor Jess Scully will moderate a panel on culture, creativity and the night-time economy. City staff will take part in a number of panels and present on the City’s live music and performance action plan.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the forum was an important opportunity for night-time economy experts from across NSW to build their knowledge and share experiences.
“NSW has the largest night-time economy in Australia, so it’s essential that experts from local governments across the state work together to ensure the sector continues to grow,” the Lord Mayor said.
“This forum will give policymakers from both inner city areas and regional centres the opportunity to share best-practice approaches, workshop the challenges they’re facing, and develop their capacity to shape vibrant, safe and sustainable night-time economies.”
The NSW Councils’ Night Time Economy Forum is organised by a local government working group overseen by the City of Sydney, Parramatta, Waverley, Newcastle and Wollongong, with support from Local Government NSW.
Attendees will be invited to further develop their knowledge and skills after the forum by joining a local government night-time economy practitioners’ network.
The forum will take place at the Parkroyal Parramatta and will be followed by a tour of the Parramatta Lanes Festival. For more information, visit lgnsw.org.au/policy/local-and-regional-economic-development/night-time-economies
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