Night Time Industries Association welcomes report findings into Sydney’s Night Time Economy

The NTIA welcomes report findings into Sydney’s Night Time Economy

The report recommendations from the Joint Select Committee of NSW Parliament into Sydney’s Night Time Economy have been welcomed by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), as a first step to restoring Sydney’s nightlife on the world stage, as a city we can enjoy in the daylight and the dark.

Michael Rodrigues, Chair, NTIA – representing a diverse range of stakeholders and venues from the hospitality, entertainment, and arts and culture sectors – said, “This extensive report recognises the range of measures NSW needs to take if it is to rebuild the night time economy, and return vibrancy to Sydney.”

 The NTIA specifically welcomes the recommendation that ministerial responsibility is taken for night time economy, supported by an overarching co-ordinator, within a central agency of government.

Rodrigues said,“If NSW is to reclaim up to $16bn annually from the night time economy, the appointment of a minister is an essential piece of the puzzle. The NTIA have campaigned for over a year for this appointment, and we look forward to the government confirming who this will be.

The report leaves me optimistic about the future. It reflects increasing consensus about what needs to be done, who should do it, and the measures that need to be in place to ensure city vibrancy, whilst maintaining public safety. When we began our campaign to Unite for the Night last year, we did so with the objective of aligning stakeholders across government, bureaucracy and industry – which the NTIA will continue to work towards as the report recommendations are implemented.”

The report recommends lifting lockout across the Sydney CBD including Oxford Street as well as the removal of drinks restrictions currently affecting the service of neat spirits, and service in plastic. However, the lockout will remain in place in Kings Cross, subject to a further review in 12 months.

“The Committee recognises that the lockout has caused brand damage to Sydney. In order for it to be gone entirely it’s up to industry to demonstrate to government and the public at large that Sydney’s nightlife can be rebuilt as one that is diverse and inclusive, with activities that are not solely dependent on the consumption of alcohol.” said Rodrigues.

“This report is just the beginning, not the end. Intentions must be developed into tangible actions to restore Sydney to the world stage and be a city people can enjoy in the daylight and the dark. Our industry will remain united and committed to working together at the state and local government level, with the City of Sydney and the public. We will endeavour to create a thriving nightlife, new jobs and in the process, make a significant economic and cultural contribution to Sydney, as Australia’s global city.” concluded Rodrigues.

See report here

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Available for interview: Michael Rodrigues, Chair, Night Time Industries Association

More about  Night Time Industries Association:

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) is here to promote Sydney as a vibrant and creative city, and to build a new positive narrative for Sydney’s nightlife.

The NTIA consists of members representing: hospitality (bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants), entertainment venues, festivals, retail operators, arts and culture organisations, precincts and other commercial businesses with an interest in the night time economy.

Members include; APRA AMCOS, Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Venue Co, Sonos Australia, Playbill Venues, Century Venues, Committee for Sydney, Live Nation, Mary’s Group, Music NSW, Oxford Art Factory, Solotel Group and Ticketmaster – to name a few – for more, go to ntia.org.au