(6.30pm 10 August 2011, Lord Mayor's Reception Room)
Good evening, everyone, and welcome back to our next phase of the Night-Time City policy development. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the traditional custodians of our land, and pay my respects to their Elders, both past and present.
I would also like to welcome Jo Kelly, our facilitator for this evening's discussions, and our two speakers, Dr Phil Hadfield of the UK's Leeds University, and Graeme Steverson, of Parsons Brinkerhoff.
Dr Hadfield will be reporting on the research he's undertaken into what works in global night-time economies, looking at issues including economic diversity, public space design, infrastructure and management and liquor outlet density measures. He has worked on an extensive review of evidence from the international literature.
Dr Hadfield is one of the leading international researchers into the night-time economy, and I'm delighted that he is visiting us from the UK as part of his work for the City.
There will be a period for discussion following Dr Hadfield's presentation. Then Graeme Steverson will report on progress on the Late Night Management Areas Comprehensive Report, again followed by a period for discussion.
Graeme is pulling together two large pieces of work undertaken by the City in March and December last year which looked at pedestrian volumes, congestion, migration, anti-social behaviour, economic diversity, transport usage and area attractors in Sydney's late-night districts.
As I've emphasised before, we are aiming to develop a policy that 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.
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 with a diverse choice of activities that will maintain the amenity of residents, and will be safe for everyone.
We're grateful for the interest you've shown so far, and we look to continuing our discussions with you, and we've convened this round table to give you the early feedback on our research.
So once again, thank you for your time this evening and I'll now ask Dr Hadfield to present his findings.