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OPEN Sydney: Future Directions for Sydney at Night

OPEN Sydney: Future Directions for Sydney at Night (2013)

OPEN Sydney is the City of Sydney, Australia’s strategy and action plan for the long-term development of its nighttime economy.

The strategy was developed after extensive consultation with local communities. This included residents, focus groups, representatives from the retail, liquor, and entertainment sectors as well as key government leaders.

By 2030, Sydney hopes its nighttime economy will be transformed from a focus on younger people and drinking to 40% of people being over 40. The city also hopes that 40% of operating businesses at night will be shops.

The City of Sydney is encouraging a larger variety of retailers and attractions to stay open late and broaden people’s choices of things to do at night.

It’s hoped the city’s nighttime turnover will double to $30 billion and increase night-time employment by 25% to 100,000 jobs.

This strategy and action plan is based on a wide consultation on what people wanted for their city after dark. It is also based on a substantial body of new research and submissions provided during the public exhibition period. The breadth of this work is unprecedented internationally, and represents Sydney’s commitment to improving residents’, visitors’ and business experience at night.

Clover Moore, Lord Mayor – City of Sydney

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