Now is the time to act to Keep Our Venues Alive

Announcing the launch of an urgent campaign to the Federal Government – to Keep Our Venues Alive.

Venues across Australia find themselves in a critical situation with rapidly falling numbers and restrictions on gatherings of over 100 people. The hundreds of thousands of people who work in venues across the country need urgent government support and need it now. Inaction will result in some of our best-loved pubs, restaurants, cafés, theatres and music venues closing down permanently. The impact on the Australian economy and our local communities will be disastrous.

The Federal Government is taking action to save other industries – as it should – but our bars, cafés, restaurants, pubs and clubs, and the 900,000 people they employ, all face ruin unless financial help arrives immediately.

Governments in Europe are taking decisive action to save hospitality businesses. These businesses are directly affected by the physical distancing policy and need to be recognised as a special class.

Please sign the petition today. Encourage anyone who works in or cares about the sector to do the same.

Keep Our Venues Alive is part of a wider campaign the NTIA, the Independent Bars Association, Time Out and other industry groups are supporting. You can find more information at The aim is to capture accurate data on this crisis there. So once you are done on the petition, complete the survey as well.

The campaign strategy tracks the work of the NTIA in the UK, who are proving to be effective in their lobbying efforts to government. If you are an industry group elsewhere in Australia and want to partner on this initiative please contact me directly:

To my fellow publishers and other industry advocates: I implore you to put rivalries aside and get behind this umbrella initiative in any manner you can. Many of you have initiatives you are pushing – let me know how I can support those.

To my many friends in the sector: please stay strong and look out for each other. You are not alone. Time Out and the NTIA will work harder than we did on the lockouts, which now seem like a walk in the park compared to this. Like lockout, we will get a result – or exhaust ourselves trying. Believe that.

#keepourvenuesalive #weareinthistogether #savenightlife

MD, Time Out Australia
Chair, Night Time Industries Association

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