Response to petition on late-night food options in Newtown

Over the last couple of days, a petition regarding food vendors in Newtown has gathered support.

Thanks for your feedback. I agree that if there are licensed operators open late then people need access to food. Late night food outlets are an important part of the City of Sydney's late night action plan, OPEN.

Having more options creates a safer and more balanced late night economy.

I'm concerned about what's happening in Newtown and have asked City staff to review the current controls to see what we need to do. The current planning controls for Newtown were developed with input from the community. We're not going to be able to make major changes immediately but we will start work on it.

I would have liked to have gotten back to you sooner but the situation is complex with different businesses and different operating hours, approved over many years. I'll keep you informed about what we can do once the review is complete.

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