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City of Sydney Assembles New Panel to Support the Local Nightlife and Cultural Sector

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Scarlett Di Maio
| February 13, 2018

The City of Sydney are inviting people who work within the local nightlife and creative sector to join The Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel, an expert group who will give the City advice on how best to enrich and support the city after dark.

The expert advisory panel will advise on the City on how to boost Sydney’s night time economy, identify emerging obstacles and opportunities and outline ways to increase the City’s engagement with their creative nightlife community. The panel will be similar to models already used in Amsterdam, Berlin, London and New York.

People who live, work or study in the City’s local area and work in the hospitality, retail, live music and performance, business, urban planning, public safety and property development sectors are invited to submit an expression of interest to join the panel. The panel will include 16 sector representatives and one City of Sydney Councillor, with at least two members under the age of 30.

“Establishing a panel of industry experts who we can work closely with to revitalise our night-time economy is the next step in acting on this critical issue,” said the Lord Mayor Clover Moore.”

“We demonstrated our commitment to the night-time economy with our OPEN Sydney strategy and action plan in 2012, after more than two years of research and consultation across this diverse sector – now we are seeking a taskforce of passionate and dedicated industry professionals to have a seat at the table.”

“Many actions from OPEN Sydney have been implemented – we’ve led Sydney’s small bar revolution, introduced food trucks, upgraded taxi ranks, improved wayfinding, increased CCTV, developed a live music action plan, funded late-night safety ambassadors and now offer grants for businesses actively seeking to improve or diversify their night-time offerings.”

“Unfortunately, there is no escaping the fact that the NSW Government’s lockout laws have put the brakes on Sydney’s night-time economy. We have long maintained it’s possible to have a nightlife that is both safe and vibrant.”

“The lockout laws were a sledgehammer blow when what we needed was evidence-based policies that allow well-managed venues to trade as part of a safe and sustainable late-night culture.”

“We will keep advocating for changes to the laws, but in the meantime we need government, business and industry to work together to identify practical ways to boost our night-time culture and support businesses operating in the night-time economy.”

“This new panel will help us understand firsthand the challenges and opportunities facing Sydney’s night-time economy, and advise on how we can engage with and bring together the creative, cultural, nightlife and private sectors to realise our vision for Sydney as an exciting and diverse 24-hour city.”
Submissions for The Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel close on 26 February. For more information or to make a submission, head here.

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