Late night program to manage big weekend crowds

Late night program to manage big weekend crowds

The City of Sydney is deploying extra night-time measures this weekend to help the city cope with massive crowds expected for the International Fleet Review and a range of other major events.

Late-night Precinct Ambassadors will be on patrol in Circular Quay, George Street and Kings Cross to provide directions, public transport information and other advice to the thousands of visitors expected for one of the biggest weekends of 2013.

The City will also set up temporary toilets in late-night hotspots – where public urination has been a problem – electronic billboards with safety and public service messages, and extra cleansing and compliance teams in the Cross.

“The International Fleet Review will be a massive event attracting huge numbers of visitors to the city,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Added to that will be the NRL Grand Final, three sell out One Direction concerts and a major race meeting at Randwick.”

“Sydney does big events better than anywhere in the world and this one will be no exception, but we have to be prepared so things run smoothly.”

“Extremely large numbers of people in the city late at night adds to the potential for anti-social behaviour, especially when alcohol is involved. We’re bringing forward our usual late-night summer program to help manage the huge crowds we’re expecting this action-packed weekend.”

“These measures will stay in place throughout summer because we know that parts of Sydney are like major events every Friday and Saturday night during this peak period.”

“Our Precinct Ambassadors gave assistance to people more than 16,000 times last summer, and our temporary toilets were used almost 17,000 times. These measures make a real difference to the functioning, safety and cleanliness of our streets late at night.”

The weekend measures are part of the extra services the City rolls out each summer to deal with a seasonal surge in the number of people coming into the city at night. The services will start on 4 October and continue until March next year.

The extra night-time measures for summer include:

 

  • Precinct Ambassadors: On Friday and Saturday, the City’s late-night helpers      will patrol George Street from 6.30pm-1.30am and Kings Cross from 8pm-2am providing assistance and an extra level of safety;
  • Late-night Visitor Information Kiosks: The popular kiosks on George Street near Sydney Town Hall and at Springfield Mall in Kings Cross will stay open late helping tourists and  other visitors with directions and other information;
  • Temporary toilets: Six units will be installed at key sites in Kings Cross, near Sydney Town Hall and on Oxford Street to keep the anti-social flow of urine off the street and people’s doorsteps;
  • Temporary electronic billboard: Parked on the fringes of the Cross, the      illuminated sign will provide traffic and transport information and  deliver safe drinking and other messages;
  • Kings Cross Compliance Hot Team: Working in cooperation with NSW Police and the NSW liquor licensing authority, the team will provide a visible presence      and proactive responses in Kings Cross;
  • Kings Cross cleansing: Six additional cleansing staff on weekend nights to empty street litter bins and keep footpaths clean and tidy and clear for pedestrians; and
  • Kings Cross parking: Additional parking Rangers on Friday and Saturday nights to help traffic flow and turnover of parking spaces.

 

“Our research shows that crowds in the city on Friday and Saturday nights during summer peak times are equivalent to a major sporting event, twice a week, every week,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Managing these crowds effectively is vital to ensure our city at night is safe and welcoming for everyone.”

“Where the City has a role, we’re taking action. We’re also working with the NSW Government, NSW Police, licensed premises and the broader community on other things that will make a difference, like more late night public transport and reforms to liquor laws.”

“It’s all part of our OPEN Sydney strategy to create the diverse, lively and safe night-time city that Sydneysiders have told us they want.”

The International Fleet Review runs from 3-11 October, when more than 40 warships and 17 tall ships from more than 20 countries will be in Sydney, along with 8,000 naval personnel, to help the Royal Australian Navy celebrate the arrival of its first fleet 100 years ago.

The event is being staged in partnership with the City of Sydney and the NSW Government.

 

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Rohan Sullivan, phone 02 9246 7298 or 0414 617 086, or email rsullivan@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson 0427 044 768 or mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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