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), was established in late 2016 by the councils of Wollongong City, City of Sydney, City of Newcastle, City of Parramatta, Waverley and LGNSW. New members were invited in early 2018 and early 2019, so the committee now includes Liverpool City, City of Canterbury–Bankstown, Lake Macquarie City, Northern Beaches, Penrith and Inner West councils.  

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).

Presentations from the Masterclass are available in the resource library below, as well as a summary Masterclass Guidance Document. For more information, please email Elizabeth Robertson, Policy Officer, at LGNSW.

2019 NTECC Activities

NTECC activities for 2019 include two webinars and two masterclasses. These are free of charge for council staff to extend their knowledge of night time economy facilitation. The program for 2019 includes:

  • Webinar 3 April - Case studies from Parramatta, Penrith and Lake Macquarie councils
  • Masterclass 17 June – Making Space for Culture

Night Time Economy Resource Library

Councils' Night Time Economy Forum 12 October 2017

Strategy Development Masterclass 8 May 2018

Planning approvals Mastercalass 20 November 2018

Documents by the Night Time Economy Councils' Committee (NTECC)

Resources and reports

Making Space for Culture Masterclass 17 June 2019