In this weird, post-lockout law dystopia we call Sydney nightlife, it’s easy to get excited over anything that looks like it might lead to a better deal than what we have.
The extension on closing times for specific nightclubs was one of those times we all got a sniff of a brighter night time economy, and now Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore has revealed a set of proposals in a bid to get our nightlife back on track.
As reported by Sydney Morning Herald, one proposal will allow stores in Sydney’s CBD, Newtown, Potts Point, Surry Hills and Glebe areas to trade from 7am until 10pm, 7-days a week.
Ms Moore is also pushing for a proposal that will allow small performances, film screenings, art exhibitions and talks to go ahead without prior approval and with the ability to serve alcohol. That’s a big, green tick in my book.
On top of this, there is a proposal is to be implemented that will ensure new developments are built to “manage” noise if they are close to an already live music existing venue, so the codgers can’t complain. How good!
Ms Moore – who has made her stance on the lockout laws very clear in the past – says this proposal is a step in the right direction for giving people a diverse and exciting nightlife, which we all know is very much needed.
“Unfortunately, the lockouts have had a serious impact on Sydney’s cultural life, businesses and our reputation overseas – and while areas like Kings Cross are safer, we know the balance isn’t right yet in terms of Sydney’s nightlife,” Ms Moore said.
She added that “We also made a commitment to review the red tape that we are responsible for that impacts the way our city operates after hours.”
Not all heroes wear capes! Hopefully this gets the ball rolling in the right direction for our stunted nightlife.