NSW, with City of Sydney, to deregulate live music and the late night economy

By November 16, 2020News

I have long been an advocate for government, both state and local, supporting the late night economy, so it was great to see comprehensive regulatory reforms around live music and cultural activity in NSW passed last week as part of the Coalition’s “24-hour Economy Strategy”.

In the wake of the pandemic, now is the right time to do away with outdated regulations that have stifled the entertainment industry for decades. The City of Sydney will have the opportunity to abandon old entertainment conditions, encourage the use of outdoor spaces to assist with social distancing, and authorise new entertainment precincts. Coupled with the NSW Coalition Government’s liquor licensing amendments, the changes will help bring a COVID-safe vibrancy back to Sydney.