More Sydney streets set to come alive as weekend parties bring communities together
Ten more Sydney streets are set to come alive from 21 May as new weekend street parties revitalise centres across Greater Sydney, enabled by a $2 million investment from the NSW Government’s CBDs Revitalisation Program.
Over five weeks, the Your Street, Your Party event series will connect locals across five Sydney LGAs: City of Sydney, City of Parramatta, City of Randwick, Inner West Council and Northern Beaches Council.
Minister for Enterprise, Investment, and Trade Stuart Ayres said the initiative will deliver family friendly activations that will bring people back to their favourite restaurants and bars, while showcasing undiscovered local gems.
“From Dee Why to Harris Park, Eastern suburbs to the Inner West and the Sydney CBD, these parties will help Sydneysiders reconnect with their city and help visitors learn more about the exciting things Sydney has to offer,” Mr Ayres said.
“This initiative is part of our broader work to ensure Sydney is a playground for innovation, entertainment and culture, while also creating new opportunities and jobs.”
Local indie, jazz and LGBTQI+ musicians, a vintage circus, ‘The Voice’ contestants, a Pooch Parade and home-grown fashionistas will all feature as part of the series.
24-Hour Economy Commissioner Michael Rodrigues said the street parties will support and shine a light on local businesses, retailers and performers.
“Our urban centres across Sydney offer a real diversity of experiences, and local businesses and artists are our best storytellers. It’s what makes Sydney a truly exciting city to live in or to visit,” Mr Rodrigues said.
“Your Street, Your Party will bring people together across Greater Sydney, with traffic cleared for good times and streets transformed into stages. We invite Sydneysiders to get off their couch and back into community for that social connection that’s been hard to get during the pandemic!”
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Councillor Donna Davis said following on from ‘Parramatta Nights’ and ‘Skate and Play’, Parramatta is keen to work with the NSW Government to host two more exciting community events.
“Street parties in Parramatta and Harris Park will continue to encourage people to get out and about exploring their neighbourhoods, while supporting local businesses,” Councillor Davis said.
City of Sydney Lord Mayor Councillor Clover Moore said creating more space for people outside was crucial to helping businesses and communities recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
“When the pandemic first hit, one of the first things we did was cut red tape and waive fees for outdoor dining, to ensure businesses could operate and people could enjoy a meal or a drink safely,” Councillor Moore said.
“Our Summer Streets program, supported by the State Government, was a natural extension of the al fresco revolution – we closed streets and welcomed the community back to our high streets to support local businesses and have a great time outside.
“Your Street, Your Party will build on that success and we commend the State Government for committing to more of these fabulous community events.”
Northern Beaches Mayor Councillor Michael Regan said the initiative couldn’t have come at a better time, as local businesses continue to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
“We are thrilled to be a part of Your Street, Your Party which will enliven our neighbourhoods, support our local businesses and bring visitors to the Northern Beaches,” Councillor Regan said.
“Council is working closely with event organisers and local businesses, and arranging road closures to allow these exciting street parties to go ahead.”
Randwick Mayor Councillor Dylan Parker said the street parties planned for Coogee and Randwick would be a celebration of culture and neighbourhood connection.
“After two years of being couped up, our community has rediscovered their own streets and neighbourhoods. Bringing movement, music, food and drink to where people live is just what we all need,” Councillor Parker said.
For the full program, please visit: https://www.investment.nsw.gov.au/streetparty/