Amendment re Buy Nothing New Month

ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE COMMITTEE

ITEM 3: SPONSORSHIP - BUY NOTHING NEW MONTH 2012

Recommendation

It is resolved that Council:

(A) note that the 2012 Buy Nothing New Month provides a free opportunity for the City to assist its 200-plus businesses in the re-use, second-hand and collaborative consumption sector, which includes small businesses in our local village areas, and contributes about $35 million to the City economy annually;

(B) approve ten days' use of the Customs House forecourt for the sustainable house project, auspiced by the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, waiving commercial hire fees up to $30,800;

(C) note that this year alone the City of Sydney has made new commitments valued at $820,000 to events to support retail in the City:

  • Vogue Fashion Night Out triennial sponsorship, valued at $40,000 cash and $30,000 in-kind;
  • Mercedes Benz Sydney Fashion Festival triennial sponsorship, valued at $20,000 cash and $50,000 in-kind;
  • History Week 2012, linked to the Sydney is Fashion umbrella marketing campaign, valued at $20,000 cash and $10,000 in kind; and
  • Christmas in the City, funded with $120,000 for a creative consultant and $250,000 for matching projects, in addition to the existing investment in events, decorations and marketing.

(D) Note that in the 2011-2012 financial year, the City's of Sydney's support for retail in the City included:

  • funding of $5M for its Strategy & Economic Development Unit, increased from $3.2M in the previous financial year;
  • allocating $180 million for the revitalisation of George Street in the CBD through light rail and public domain improvements, to create an inviting environment for pedestrians where retail will thrive;
  • developing new programs with the City's Retail Advisory Panel, comprised of representatives of the retail industry and key government agencies;
  • coordinating the popular Small Business Awards, which last year saw a record 640 nominations and a 67,000 votes cast, a 62 per cent increase in the number of votes over the previous year;
  • expanding Christmas event programming to make Sydney the premier destination for Christmas shopping;
  • hosting four 'Lets Talk Business' seminars, covering topics such as outsourcing, social media, customer data and online trade;
  • connecting retailers with opportunities provided by major events through a bi-monthly email newsletter and Talking Shop retail forum;
  • creating a new program of '101' workshops for new small business activities, including sessions on development applications, providing live music and running pop-up events;
  • providing grants of up to $30,000 through the Finegrain Business Development Matching Grants program to help start up businesses revitalise City laneways, including mentoring for successful applicants;
  • developing strategy for a safe and prosperous late night economy, a sector worth $15 billion a year and accounts for one quarter of city jobs;
  • delivered the Sydney-Chengdu Business forum as part of Chinese New Year Festival and sponsored the Sydney China Business Forum run by the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney;
  • funded the Village Business Partnership Grant program and providing precinct coordinator support to business associations to assist with their strategic planning, project delivery and governance;
  • assisting development of the Chinatown Food Lovers Guide and promotion of the Haymarket Chinatown Visitors Guide and Map;
  • assisting business associations and chambers in the development of Shop Local marketing material and campaigns;
  • sponsoring a range of events supporting local areas, such as the Pyrmont Festival of Wine Food and Art; and Main Drag on Oxford Street in association with Mardi Gras;
  • supporting the Smart Green Business program to helps small to medium businesses improve their environmental sustainability and save on their operating costs;
  • providing low cost accommodation in Oxford Street for creative industries, including object and web design, architecture, trans-media, film, visual arts, contemporary performance and music, social enterprise ventures, start-up business, literature and animation;
  • approving use of council-owned properties on William Street to provide additional creative spaces and establish an additional creative industries hub;
  • funding the removal of roller shutters on Redfern and Regent Streets through matching grants of up to $3000 and collaborated with TAFE to match visual merchandising students with retailers in the precinct.
  • sponsoring conferences that deliver business tourism such as CeBIT;
  • partnering with the NSW Government and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority to improve visitor information and tourism; and
  • commencing the Floor Space and Employment Survey to monitor trends in land use, employment and building characteristics, to guide strategic planning.

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