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Expert group to support Sydney night-time awakening

The new group, the 24-hour Economy Advisory Group, will support the NSW Government in driving investment opportunities while turbocharging job creation and night-time business activity once restrictions lift across the city.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the group of experts will support efforts led by 24-Hour Economy Commissioner Michael Rodrigues to support Sydney’s night-time economy in its emergence from pandemic lockdown.

“This group brings together an esteemed list of leading professionals from intersecting industries across the 24-hour economy and their insights will be invaluable to kickstarting the broader economic recovery of the state,” Mr Ayres said.

“While the global pandemic has had a sobering impact on the majority of our night-time industries, it has given us a tremendous opportunity not only to plan to re-open Sydney’s night-time economy, but also to re-shape the meaning of our night-time experience and lay the groundwork for a truly 24-hour city.

“The Group has been tasked with helping to implement the NSW Government’s 24-Hour Economy Strategy, which really drills down on creating diversification of night-time activities by supporting a wider variety of businesses at night, in a safe and healthy environment.”

24-Hour Economy Commissioner Michael Rodrigues will lead work with the Group and focus efforts on aligning a vision with all relevant stakeholders to help businesses get back on their feet.

“Whether it’s bars and restaurants, live performance venues or shops open into the evening, there is huge potential to create vibrant and diverse areas after dark,” said Mr Rodrigues.

“Making a real difference requires a new way of stakeholders working together across government, council and industry and I’m encouraged by the Advisory Group’s willingness to jump straight in and help industry recover from lockdown.”

Drawing on expertise from institutions and organisations the Group includes the National Art School, Fox Studios Australia, Sydney Opera House, AFL, Solotel, Merivale, the Australian Recording Industry Association, City of Parramatta, Liverpool City Council and Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Members of the group were selected by an open EOI process and assessed by an independent panel. Each Member will serve for a minimum 12-month period, with the Group meeting quarterly. The Advisory Group met for the first time on Friday 10 September 2021.

More information on the NSW Government’s 24-Hour Economy Strategy can be found
at Greater Sydney’s 24-hour economy - Investment NSW