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 email@example.com.
(Question Without Notice, 11 August 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
My question is to the Deputy Premier. How will the Government respond to the growing support for small bars as a way to help the vibrancy of Sydney's night life?Read more
15 August 2016
Small bars have grown in popularity following Clover Moore’s successful campaign in 2007 however most small bars have general (hotel) bar or restaurant licences because the small bar licence category only allows 60 patrons. Small bars help diversify the night time scene and rarely contribute to violence.
In response to my question in Parliament, the minister noted the important role of small bars and committed to examining ways to support them including increasing the patron limit to 120. My question is HERE.
(Question Without Notice, 4 August 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
My question is directed to the Deputy Premier. How will the Government improve the safety and vibrancy of the inner city's nightlife following the Callinan review and the nightlife roundtables?
Tuesday 21 June 2016
Join the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association for canapés and networking for people wanting to grow their business at Macquarie Bank 50 Martin Place Sydney at 5.45pm Wednesday 29 June. Details HERE.
23 May 2016
I spoke in support of the nearly 12,000 people who signed petitions calling for reform of late night alcohol restrictions that would enable a safe, civilised, diverse and vibrant night life scene. I look forward to the government’s evidence-based review recommending improvements in August. My speech is HERE.