Night Time Economies

Local governments help to shape vibrant, safe and sustainable Night Time Economies (NTEs).

Many NSW councils take a proactive approach to the development and management of their NTEs through:

  • Economic development and partnerships
  • Placemaking and urban design
  • Strategy, policy and research
  • Planning and regulation
  • Culture and creativity
  • Services, infrastructure and safety

Night Time Economy Councils' Committee (NTECC) and email group

The local government NTE Councils’ Committee (NTECC), established in late 2016, includes LGNSW and the councils of Wollongong City, City of Sydney, City of Newcastle, City of Parramatta and Waverley Council. New members were invited in early 2018, including Liverpool City, City of Canterbury–Bankstown, Lake Macquarie City and the Northern Beaches.  

The objectives of the committee are to:

  1. Share information on best practice approaches and contemporary issues to build knowledge and council capabilities to shape vibrant, safe and sustainable NTEs
  2. Establish a consistent approach to the development and management of NTEs to achieve positive outcomes for business and the community
  3. Advocate to State and Federal Governments on matters of common interest
  4. Establish a network of night time economy policy practitioners across NSW councils
  5. Promote awareness among councillors and staff of the value and benefit of taking a proactive approach to the development and management of the NTE and the work being done in this area 
  6. Promote the benefits of subscribing to the National Night Time Economies Report
  7. Facilitate capacity building and develop collaborative partnerships around NTE initiatives.

Email Network

The Night Time Economy Councils' Committee established a wider email network of council staff in late 2017. Email Elizabeth Roberston, Policy Officer, to request to join the network. Read more about how the network works.

NSW Councils Night Time Economy Forum 2017

The inaugural NSW Councils’ Night Time Economy (NTE) forum was held in Parramatta on 12 October 2017.

The NTE forum brought together local government professionals to share best practice approaches to managing NTEs. 

Council staff presented on the following themes:

  • Place making and urban design
  • Strategy, policy and research
  • Planning and regulation
  • Culture and creativity
  • Services, infrastructure and safety.

The forum included panel discussions and a policy practitioner’s workshop.

Please access the invitation and program (PDF, 3.6MB) for further information as well as presentations from the forum in the resource library below.

As a result of the forum, NTECC is planning three in-depth masterclasses in 2018. See below for more information.

2018 NTECC Activities

Three masterclasses were held in 2018, at no cost, for council staff to put into practice key issues that were discussed at the October 2017 forum.

The masterclasses were held in May, August and November with the themes of:

  • Strategy development (8 May)
  • Business engagement (8 Aug), and
  • Planning regulations (20 Nov).

For more information, please email Elizabeth Robertson, Policy Officer, at LGNSW.

Night Time Economy Resource Library