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Tick of approval for Australia’s first Purple Flag

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Sydney’s popular CBD York, Clarence and Kent Street (YCK) precinct has earned the international tick of approval as Australia’s first accredited Purple Flag district.

24-Hour Economy Commissioner Mike Rodrigues said the global pilot program, announced in December last year, was helping raise the bar of Greater Sydney’s after-dark destinations for residents and visitors alike.

“We are working to deliver a better night out for all and Purple Flag will boost Sydney’s reputation as a global nightlife destination, creating a thriving 24-hour economy across the state as more precincts apply for accreditation,” Mr Rodrigues said.

“We want the community to enjoy a rich mix of entertainment and activity for people of all ages, with safe access to high-quality amenities and services.

“A collaborative and coordinated effort is required to build a vibrant and strong 24-hour economy and the YCK team has shown considered planning and a willingness to innovate in earning Purple Flag status.”

Sydney is the latest city to join London, Stockholm, and Auckland in rating going-out areas against a set of criteria including public transport access, street lighting and entertainment.

YCK Laneways Association Vice President Karl Schlothauer is thrilled the precinct is the first to be recognised as a safe and vibrant go-to-hub for Sydney’s best hospitality, entertainment, and shopping.

“Whether it’s for some retail therapy, to visit one of the superb small bars, grab a late-night bite or enjoy one of our regular arts and cultural events, we are committed to delivering our patrons a safe, friendly and fun experience,” Mr Schlothauer said.

The pilot program, which is still running, also includes Parramatta CBD; Haldon Street in Lakemba; and Marrickville.

For more information, visit www.investment.nsw.gov.au/PurpleFlagExternal Link

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