UPDATE: The development plan has been approved! Find out more here.
Sydney may slowly be getting its vibrant night-life back, with councillors on the brink of passing monumental changes to the city’s late-night controls, working at improving the night-time economy.
On May 13, councillors from the City of Sydney Council will be voting on a development control plan to overhaul the current late night trading rules, the largest of its kind in a decade. The changes seek to transition Sydney to 24-hour trading across the city centre where shops, businesses and food and drink places will stay open at night despite the state governments notorious lockout laws.
Sydney’s night-life may be getting back on track with a new development control plan for City of Sydney Council to introduce 24-hour trading in the CBD.
Earlier this week, business owners, artists and members of the public were invited to the council to present the issues most important to them. This comes as a result of receiving feedback from thousands of residents calling for better night-life and the potential for a booming night economy.
In a statement on Monday, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said:
“More than 10,000 people told us they want Sydney to have a diverse and exciting night-time economy with events and activities for people of all ages and interests…What they don’t want is a city that is unsafe or that shuts down as soon as the sun goes down.”
We will be waiting with bated breath for the results of the vote next week… (fingers crossed).