\ New Commission launched to enhance the night-time economy in Sydney – Committee For Sydney

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New Commission launched to enhance the night-time economy in Sydney

May 2, 2017

Media Release

Tuesday 2nd May, 2017

Learning from international examples to create a better night-time economy in Greater Sydney will be the key focus of a new Commission launched today (Tues) by independent think-tank, The Committee for Sydney.

The Committee has brought together senior stakeholders from across the public and private sectors to develop innovative ways of developing the night-time economy in Greater Sydney. It will examine best practice from other global cities and make recommendations on how to maximise opportunities around the night-time economy. The Commission will be co- chaired by Michael Rose, Chair of the Committee for Sydney and the Hon. Peter Collins AM QC, former Leader of the Opposition, NSW Treasurer and NSW Minister for Health.

The night-time economy in Greater Sydney is estimated to generate around $3.5bn a year for the NSW economy. The Commission will examine how the night-time economy can be enhanced and expanded across Greater Sydney and any regulatory barriers that prevent its growth. In particular, the Commission will focus on:

  • Exploring international case studies of night-time economy good practice
  • Access to safe and reliable transport at night
  • Balancing community safety with a vibrant night-life in city centres
  • Enhancing the retail offer at night
  • The role of planning, urban and precinct design and technology
  • Diversity of night-time activities
  • The role of arts and cultural institutions during the evening
  • Learning from good practice across Greater Sydney that could be promoted or scaled up

The Commission includes representatives from public and private sectors across Greater Sydney. Organisations involved include:

Australian Hotels Association
Create NSW
City of Parramatta Council
City of Sydney Council
Haymarket Chamber of Commerce
Live Music Office
NSW Police
Scentre Group
Sydney Living Museums
Sydney Theatre Company
Transport for NSW
Western Sydney Business Chamber

Chair of the Committee for Sydney, Michael Rose, said “Sydney is known for its liveability, cultural appeal and exceptional global brand, but the city has sometimes struggled to maintain and promote a diverse and vibrant night-time economy. This Commission brings together some of the brightest and most innovative minds involved in the night-time economy in Sydney to help plot a way forward.”

Co-Chair of the Commission, Peter Collins, said “The Commission will be focused on practical ways to make the night-time offer more appealing in Greater Sydney and creating a better dialogue between public and private sectors to help achieve this. It’s a great honour to Chair such an important group and I’m looking forward to helping to make our great city even better at night”.

The Commission is due to report its recommendations by Spring 2017.

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