Night Time City Policy Round Table

(Lord Mayor's Reception Room)

Hello, everyone, and thank you for making the time to come to this Round Table discussion. I would like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land, and I pay my respects to the Elders, both past and present.

Welcome to our second Round Table. Since our last meeting in April, consultations and research have been progressing into Sydney's night-time economy.

Our aim is to use the information and feedback gathered from these to develop a new night time city policy which will guide its development over the next 20 years.

The policy is focused on the broader strategic issues for Sydney at night and while we are completely open to ideas, we recognise that a thriving, safe and sophisticated night-time economy is part of Sydney's global-city appeal.

It is far more than simply restaurants and bars. It includes cinemas, theatres, retail, cultural institutions, take-away food shops, taxis, live music and buskers, harbour cruises, party buses, walking tours, casinos, gyms, brothels, stock markets, night markets, supermarkets - to name just some.

To get the night time city right, we must provide a choice of activities for people across a range of age-groups. We must ensure that people feel safe, and that the city is easy to get around, and easy to leave when people want to head for home.

We have to provide infrastructure and transport services that keep pace with growth and we must carefully manage its development.

We all know that improvements need to be made and this is our chance to work together on them to make Sydney the city it can and should be.

We have, as I said, no preconceived ideas, we're looking for input from all of you, from city residents, visitors and workers, to tell us the kind of city you want for the future.

We're aiming to produce a strategic document, not to cover specific issues such as venue operating hours. Rather, we're looking to find new approaches to creating a lively night-time city that will balance with the needs of residents, and will be safe for everyone.

There is no pre-written policy.

In addition to these consultations, we're conducting research to ensure that the final policy is guided by the evidence. We're also looking into how many people use Sydney's night-time areas, what attracts them there, what transport they use, and at the levels of economic diversity and levels of anti-social behaviour.

The boom in small bars and the success of initiatives like the Australian Museum's Jurassic Lounge show us the night economy isn't necessarily inimical to residential living - that it can be prosperous, lively and civilised.

With your help, we'll get the mix right.

Today, Suzie Matthew, our manager Late Night Economy will bring you up-to-date on our work so far, and give you an overview of the key themes that are emerging from the consultation.

Terry Bevan, from our consultants TBR will report on the research program and the Cost-Benefit Analysis of Sydney's night-time economy.

Finally, Jo Kelly will facilitate an 80-minute discussion.

So once again, thank you for being here today and we look forward to hearing your ideas.