Night Time Economies


Jane Robertson
LGNSW Senior Policy Officer
Social and Community
Phone: 02 9242 4059
[email protected]

Night Time Economies

Local government plays a key role in creating vibrant, safe and sustainable Night Time Economies (NTEs).

Many NSW councils take a proactive approach in the management of their NTEs through economic development and partnerships, placemaking and urban design, strategy, policy and research, planning and regulation, culture and creativity, and services, infrastructure and safety.

Night Time Economy Councils’ Committee (NTECC)

The NTECC was established in late 2016 by a group of committed councils and LGNSW. The NTECC has now expanded to include 16 councils. The NTECC is a working group of council staff from locations advanced in NTE development and the group meets monthly to share, advocate and strategise night time economy solutions.

The original members of the NTECC were Wollongong City Council, City of Sydney Council, City of Newcastle Council, City of Parramatta Council and Waverley Council.

The Committee now also includes Liverpool City Council, City of Canterbury–Bankstown Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, Northern Beaches Council, Penrith City Council, City of Ryde, Randwick Council, Camden Council, Burwood Council, Georges River Council and Inner West Council.

The main objectives of the committee are to:

  • Share information on best practice approaches and contemporary issues to build knowledge and council capabilities to shape vibrant, safe and sustainable NTEs
  • Establish a consistent approach to the development and management of NTEs to achieve positive outcomes for business and the community
  • Advocate to state and federal governments on matters of common interest
  • Establish a network of night time economy policy practitioners across NSW councils
  • 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
  • Promote the benefits of subscribing to the National Night Time Economies Report
  • Facilitate capacity building and develop collaborative partnerships around NTE initiatives

Email Network

Any interested council staff member in NSW is invited to join a Night Time Economy email network, established by the NTECC to facilitate conversations across all councils. Email Jane Robertson, Senior Policy Officer, to request to join the network. 

How the network works
Members can ask questions and share with the network via emailing one simple email address. Network emails arrive in your inbox as normal, or once a day, your choice. Only those on the network can see the discussions. The network’s success relies on everyone being open to sharing news, asking questions, suggesting answers. We look forward to hearing from you.

NTECC Masterclasses

Helping council staff extend their knowledge of night time economy facilitation, the NTECC runs masterclasses for council staff. The masterclasses are on the back of a full day conference in October 2017. The masterclass series has included:

  • Masterclass 1 – Strategy Development and Results Based Accountability Framework (8 May 2018)
  • Masterclass 2 – Effective Business Engagement (8 August 2018)
  • Masterclass 3 – Urban planning for vibrant and sustainable NTEs (20 November 2018)
  • Webinar – NTE Strategy Case Studies from councils (9 April 2019)
  • Masterclass 4 – Making Space for Culture (17 June 2019)
  • Masterclass 5 – Soundscape: Managing sound in the NTE (12 March 2020)
  • Masterclass 6 series with Investment NSW – Four Steps to enhancing your 24-Hour Economy Strategy (Aug – Oct 2021)

Some masterclass presentations, summary documents, research reports etc are available in the resource library for those who have joined the email network. For more information, please email Jane Robertson, Senior Policy Officer, LGNSW.