Sydney floats 24-hour city plan


Sydneysiders have overwhelmingly supported a new draft plan from the City of Sydney to move the city to a 24-hour trading platform.

Under the proposed new rules, shops and restaurants could trade late into the night, and will allow for:

  • 24-hour trading across the entire city centre;

  • shops, businesses and low-impact food and drink venues on major high streets to trade until 2am;

  • new late-night trading areas in some of the city’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods, such as Barangaroo and Green Square;

  • a new cultural precinct in an industrial part of Alexandria; and

  • venues holding live performances and creative events in late-night trading areas to trade for an extra hour.

The development control plan will now be considered by the Council, and if approved businesses will be able to apply for the new trading hours through a development application process.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the changes have been developed as a response to feedback from thousands of residents, businesses and visitors.

“Our late-night trading development control plan is the result of an unprecedented call from the community for practical action to help boost Sydney’s nightlife and economy,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Last year, we held our first review in over a decade of the planning controls that determine where and when night-time activity can take place in Sydney.

“More than 10,000 people told us they want Sydney to have a diverse and exciting night-time economy with events and activities for people of all ages and interests. What they don’t want is a city that is unsafe or that shuts down as soon as the sun goes down.”

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