Tuesday 10 April 2018
If Sydney is seriously going to be a global city, we need to remove the 1.30am lockout for small bars and well managed venues. The Committee for Sydney’s latest report identified serious concerns with the lockout laws’ impacts on Sydney’s nightlife and made some sensible recommendations for greater diversity of night-time activities and late night transport.
Momentum for reforms to encourage safe night-time events and activities is building. The report is HERE.
Monday 26 March 2018
The Committee for Sydney’s ‘Sydney as a 24-Hour City’ report identified serious concerns with the lockout laws’ impacts on Sydney’s nightlife.Read more
Monday 19 March 2018
New South Wales has over 94,000 electronic gaming machines and up to 75 per cent of the money going into these machines comes from moderate risk and problem gamblers. This has led to disastrous social costs including financial ruin, homelessness and broken families.Read more
Tuesday 13 March 2018
I am concerned that the government’s new laws to enable Revenue NSW to use its extensive powers, including to garnish a debtor’s account, to collect debts on behalf of councils and government agencies could cause some people hardship.Read more
Monday 5 March 2018
The City of Sydney is reviewing planning controls for late trading under its Development Control Plan and you can provide and suggest amendments. Comment is open until Friday 30 March HERE.
Tuesday 27 February 2018
The Legislative Council Inquiry into The Music and arts economy in NSW is open for submissions about the Night-Time Economy Roundtable Action Plan as well as support for music and arts culture, venue spaces, reducing red tape and funding options. Closes 28 February, see HERE.
Monday 8 August 2016
With the Late Night Roundtables reporting last week and the Callinan Review to report later this month, in Parliament I asked the government to improve the city’s nightlife. We need to fine-tune laws as I continue to hear that live music and entertainment, and diversity are suffering. While the roundtable reports push more reviews and research, the minister said that the evidence he has seen indicates that safety benefits are likely the result of earlier cessation of service rather than the lockout, and that we need better late night public transport, which are in line with my previous submission. The roundtable reports are HERE. My question to the Deputy Premier is HERE.
Monday 17 October 2016
In Parliament I commended these projects and called for the government to support the East Sydney Destination Marketing Strategy developed by the Darlinghurst Business Partnership, Potts Point Partnership and Surry Hills Creative Precinct. I repeated calls for amended liquor restrictions to support local venues, light rail as a transport solution and removal of the clearway.Read more
Tuesday 11 October 2016
Celebrate iconic William Street, its unique retailers and the Paddington precinct at the William Street Festival Saturday 15 October 11.30am-10:00pm. Details HERE.
26 September 2016
I’ve again asked the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure about the government’s plans for light rail in Oxford Street, which could reduce noisy bus traffic adjacent to the kerb and improve amenity for pedestrians and businesses. My question HERE.
Oxford Street needs changes to liquor restrictions to encourage live music and diversity of venues, as well as encouragement of new types of businesses that complement the existing businesses that have been serving our community for so long. I’d like new businesses that bring people to the area and help make Oxford Street the cool quirky LGBTI street it should be. See the media report HERE.
The NSW Small Biz Bus will be at Taylor Square Darlinghurst with Clearly Business on Wednesday 5 October 9am-3pm to provide information and advice for small businesses. You can make an appointment by telephone 8222 4814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.