Media Release
Major businesses call for boost in Sydney’s night-time economy
05 August, 2019

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Businesses across Sydney are warning that Sydney’s underperforming night-time economy risks the future prosperity and competitiveness of the city.
In an open letter to the NSW Premier, over 30 major businesses are urging NSW Government to turn Sydney into “one of the great cities in the world for diverse and vibrant night life.”

The letter warns that “Sydney’s night-time economy has underperformed in recent years. This makes it harder to recruit talented people to work here, to encourage tourists to visit and to support our growing creative, knowledge and visitor experience sectors”.

It encourages the Premier and her government to use the current NSW Parliament Inquiry into the night-time economy to “reset the debate around night life in Sydney; to support policies that enhance the night time offer and to embrace the cultural and economic benefits of a well-performing night-time economy.”

Quote from Michael Rose AM, Chairman of the Committee for Sydney:

“A city that works well at night is an important part of quality of life for Sydneysiders. Sydney deserves to have a diverse and vibrant night-time economy for the people who live and who visit us.”

“Great global cities have a great night-time offer and Sydney could do more to enhance its reputation as one of the best cities in the world for night life. We urge the Premier to grasp the opportunity to set out a clear vision for a renaissance in Sydney’s night-time economy”.

Organisations supporting the letter include:

Cultural Capital
Ethos Urban
Five at Heart
Go Get
Grimshaw Architects
International Convention Centre Sydney
Night Time Industries Association
Outdoor Media Association
Roberts Day
Scentre Group
Stone & Chalk
Sydney Airport
Sydney Fish Market
Time Out
Vicinity Centres
Western Sydney Business Chamber
WT Partnership

Note to editors:

The Committee for Sydney is an independent think tank and champion for the whole of Sydney, providing thought leadership beyond the electoral cycle. The Committee aims to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions that make Sydney a competitive, resilient and liveable global city. The Committee has a diverse membership with over 150 member organisations.