plans for 24 hour trading to boost sydneys nightlife economy

Proposed changes to the City of Sydney’s late-night trading planning controls reveal some of the biggest changes to red tape in a decade.

The proposal includes extending 24-hour trading across Sydney’s entire city-centre and would allow shops, businesses and low-impact food and drink venues on high streets to trade until 2am.

The draft planning controls also include new late-night trading areas in growing inner-city neighbourhoods, such as Barangaroo and Green Square.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the proposed changes were the result of “unprecedented community response” to the first review of planning controls in over 10 years.

“More than 10,000 people gave us their feedback and the overwhelming majority said they want Sydney to have a diverse and exciting night-time economy.

“The changes we are proposing to our controls manage the balance between allowing well-managed venues to continue to trade, and any impacts on local neighbourhoods,” the Lord Mayor said.

Clover Moore said Sydney’s night-time economy was critical to Sydney, employing more than 35,000 people and worth more than $4 billion to the state annually.

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