Breathe oxygen into Sydney's nightlife
Since the NSW Government decided to lift the lockout laws, we’ve been working with the NSW Government and the sector to revitalise Sydney’s nightlife.
Sydney is a thriving global city and we need to provide people with 24-hour access to a diverse range of services and activities to maintain our competitiveness and international standing.
Sydney’s core night-time economy is critical to our city’s future – it generates more than $4.2 billion in revenue each year, with just under 5,000 businesses employing more than 35,500 people.
Last year, we made massive changes to our planning rules to allow city centre businesses, shops and restaurants to trade late into the night and incentivise venues to put on live music and performance. We’re working closely with businesses who want to apply to trade later as part of our new late night trading development control plan, which was developed following consultation with more than 10,000 residents, visitors and businesses.
The City of Sydney will also co-chair the new Sydney Liquor and Night Safety Operations Group to manage the city’s ongoing vibrancy and safety at night. The group will comprise representatives from each of the eight liquor accords in our area, two representatives from large hospitality groups, two representatives from non-government organisations including the Safe Space program and Australian Hotels Association, as well as Police Area Commanders, Transport for NSW and Liquor and Gaming NSW.
And crucially, we are working with the NSW Government and local business leaders in Kings Cross on a pathway for the precinct to be free from lockouts.