The Sydney Business Chamber says Premier Berejiklian’s move to repeal the CBD lock out laws in coming months is the first step to reinvigorating Sydney’s flagging night-time economy, but much more needs to be done to achieve this.
“The 2014 lock out laws have had the unintended consequence of virtually shutting down Sydney’s once vibrant night life. It’s time to boost the economy while creating safe places for after dark enjoyment for all, through a comprehensive raft of measures,” said Katherine O’Regan, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
“The lock out laws have negatively impacted business activity, jobs and Sydney’s attractiveness as a major national and international tourist destination. But it’s going to take more than just repealing the laws, we need a holistic approach to create a vibrant night life that’s also safe. The two aren’t mutually exclusive as we see in other global cities.”
“It’s more than just changes around alcohol related venues, it’s about supporting businesses that contribute to the city’s night life including retail, restaurants, arts and cultural activities.”
The Sydney Business Chamber’s recent submission to the Committee on Sydney’s Night Time Economy recommended strong and simultaneous action in four distinct areas:
- improving Sydney’s late-night transport – multi modal
- diversifying nighttime activity – geographically and patronage
- boosting community policing; and
- introducing new restrictions on violent offenders
“Sydney has changed a lot over the past 5 years with the revitalisation of districts including Central, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo and Pyrmont. We’ve also witnessed the advent of ride-sharing services and the soon to be completed light rail, so late night patrons can disperse more quickly and safely – reducing the risk of street violence.”
“Sydney is a great city of opportunity for living, doing business and attracting and entertaining international tourists. Repealing the CBD lock out laws is a critical first step toward realising these opportunities.”
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