With the State Government inquiry still pending, the City of Sydney is making things easier for late-night businesses right now
While we wait with bated breath to see whether the NSW Government does the right thing to reboot Sydney’s night-time economy under the upcoming parliamentary inquiry, there are immediate opportunities for businesses to help themselves.
The NSW Government process will take five months, but the City of Sydney is hoping to get things started pursuant to its recently approved Late Night Trading Development Control Plan. The 'Map of Fun' as we like to call it revises the planning requirements in a few parts of town to make things easier for businesses to extend their trading hours and to diversify their activities.
In addition to the Map of Fun, the City’s also putting its hand into its pockets with extensive grant programs.
The upshot is that there is stuff you could be doing to improve your fortunes, now. And this isn’t restricted to small business, big business or not-for-profits. There are opportunities for all. Got a major retail precinct where the tumbleweed density is greater than pedestrian foot-traffic? Got a retail business where you want to pour a glass of wine occasionally for a workshop-style event? Need soundproofing on your small bar? There are opportunities here that you might be able to seize.
The thing is, you need to know about what’s on offer and how to go about getting that shot in the arm if you are eligible. “Sounds complicated Mike. Can you simplify it for me?”
Yes, is the answer! Get thee to the City of Sydney workshop on July 3, 2019, 5.30pm at Customs House (Barnett Room) where I will be helping facilitate a session with the right people at the City and a couple of industry folk to help you navigate your way to new planning approval or grant glory (or hopefully both!)
But be quick: places are filling up faster than Frankie's at 1.20am. Register now.