Wednesday, 27 May 2020 Sydney

Seeking creative nightlife advisors for a 24-hour city::

The City of Sydney is seeking people from across the local nightlife and creative sectors to join its new expert advisory panel tasked with invigorating the city after dark.

The Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel will give the City advice on how best to support a thriving, diverse and safe nightlife.

The panel will advise on new City initiatives, identify emerging issues and opportunities for Sydney’s night-time economy, and help the City engage with the local creative, cultural and nightlife community.

People working 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. Submissions open today and close on 26 February.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the panel would provide invaluable advice to help boost Sydney’s nightlife.

“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,” the Lord Mayor said.

“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.”

The panel will be similar to models already operating in other global cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, London and New York.

It will include up to 16 sector representatives and one City of Sydney Councillor, with at least two members under the age of 30. Panel members must live, work or study in the City’s local area and be available to attend four meetings per year.

The new panel will be the City’s sixth, joining advisory panels representing Sydney’s design, public art, inclusion and disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and retail, tourism and hospitality industries and communities.