Late-night lessons for the whole of Sydney

Late-night lessons for the whole of Sydney

More than 40 metropolitan Sydney councils came together today to hear about the City of Sydney’s practical plan to transform its late-night economy.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the forum followed multiple requests from local governments for ideas on how to balance the needs of late night businesses, patrons and local residents.

“Across the city, councils face many of the same issues and challenges when it comes to managing the late-night economy,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We started this work two years ago after a worrying increase in anti-social behaviour and late-night violence.

“We worked with the broader community to find out they wanted Sydney’s late-night economy to look like – and then we acted on it.

“Sydney’s night-time economy extends well beyond our local government area, with many of the people coming into our city at night travelling in from other council areas.

“Our award-winning food trucks trial is a great example of the potential for working together, as not only are they popular here, they’re also rolling out to Marrickville, Parramatta and other parts of Sydney.

“Bigger challenges, like public transport and dealing with anti-social behaviour, can only be solved with all levels of government working together.

“A well-functioning night-time economy creates more jobs, more opportunities for people to enjoy their recreation, and brings more money into the local economy.”

The meet-up will help councils across Sydney and in regional areas capitalise on the ground-breaking programs that helped make Sydney Australia’s No.1 night-time city, generating $2.76 billion in 2011.

Issues explored included:

  • OPEN      Sydney: Strategy and Action Plan:      The City’s blueprint for Sydney’s night-time economy;
  • Small      Bars and Fine Grain: Encouraging      new uses for hidden spaces with      small bars, small business grants, public art and other activities;
  • Sydney Food Trucks Trial: The City’s fleet of      gourmet food trucks is providing quality and affordable food options, especially      late at night;
  • Creative      Precincts – Oxford Street Case Study: The City has been working to provide affordable space on the Oxford      Street strip to make it a cultural and creative hub;
  • Late      Night Trading Development Control Plan: A development control plan that covers impacts on residents, late      trading and management control plans for venues, and encouraging      diversity; and
  • Activating Public Spaces: Parramatta      Council’s recent Summer City Activation Program.

OPEN Sydney: Strategy and action plan 2013 – 2030 is the City’s vision for the long-term development of Sydney’s night-time economy, with public safety at its core. It contains more than 250 actions giving clear direction that will broaden the range of night-time offerings while balancing the interests of everyone.

Councils that took part in the forum include: Camden; Lane Cove; Marrickville; Ashfield; Auburn; Bankstown; Blacktown; Blue Mountains; Botany Bay; Burwood; Campbelltown; Canterbury; Newcastle; Ryde; Fairfield; Hawkesbury; Holroyd City; Hornsby; Hunters Hill; Hurstville; Kogarah; Ku-ring-Gai; Lane Cove; Leichhardt; Liverpool; Manly; Marrickville; Mosman; Newcastle; North Sydney; Parramatta; Penrith; Pittwater; Randwick; Rockdale; Strathfield; Sutherland Shire; The Hills Shire; Warringah; Waverley; Willoughby; Wollondilly; Wollongong; Woollahra.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Rohan Sullivan, phone 02 9246 7298 or 0414 617 086, or email

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