12 June 2019, Wednesday

09:00 – 12:30 Tsunami

Diversification Strategies to Building a Vibrant & Safe 24/7 Night Time Economy: Moving from Alcohol to Culture, Sports, Leisure and More

New York is no longer the only ‘city that never sleeps’. More and more urban centers are coming alive after dark, serving up a side of their unique identities you don’t see during the day: art and music, culinary delights, sports and exercise, shopping and much more. Building a 24/7 economy of this sort is vital in any city’s positioning as a vibrant, international hub – and calls for its own set of management policies, structures and strategies. Join us at this masterclass to find out more about what cities need to balance diversity of activity with the need for safety in their night time economies, and how ‘nightlife’ is more than bars and pubs – it’s literally about ‘living at night’.

13:30 – 17:00 20161029_BKP501_hr City Planning and Design for Night Time Economy: Building Vibrant Spaces After Dark

Although the concept of a thriving nightlife scene in cities is nothing new, maximizing the potential of these scenes is something else entirely. City authorities grapple with enterprise zoning, land use and other issues that hinder the development of fully-fledged 24/7 economies. With the right planning and design strategies, a city can catalyze a host of activities after dark that promote urban vitality and vibrancy without sacrificing community cohesion or investing huge amounts in new infrastructure. In this masterclass, you will learn more about identifying and repurposing good venues for night time economy applications, and how this helps reinvigorate stagnant parts of cities and stave off dereliction.

 Dr-Jonathan-Drane-rounded Jonathan Drane
Managing Director
Greenshoot Investments
Greenshoot Investments

13 June 2019, Thursday

09:00 Welcome Speech and Opening Remarks by Conference Producer


09:15 Minister Keynote: Unlocking Cohesive, Actionable Strategies and Best Practices for a World-Class Night Economy

  • TEAM EFFORT: The key to a flourishing, vibrant and safe night economy is partnerships – between stakeholders such as police, local authorities, emergency services, businesses and communities. Unite these and nominate a single point of accountability.
  • ALL VOICES MATTER: Break down silos between stakeholders, and share data and intelligence gathered as time goes by, in order to plan for growth and formulate proactive rather than reactive solutions to night economy problems.
  • DIVERSIFY PUBLIC SPACES: Piggyback on local culture to support creative industries and offer a range of alternative activities, which in turn encourages more diverse traffic and reduces alcohol-related crime and injury.
John-Graham-rounded The Hon. John Graham, MLC
Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing,
Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events,
Shadow Minister for the Night Time Economy and Music
NSW Parliament
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09:45 Create NSW NTE Case Study: Crafting an Economic and Cultural Strategy for NSW’s Night Economy

  • This session will explore cross government work relating to the implementation of a strategy to promote NSW’s diverse and vibrant nightlife, encouraging visitors and boosting local economies. This will include regulatory reforms to encourage participation from business and creatives, usage of vacant commercial and public spaces for temporary arts and cultural activation, options for an increased late-night retail and non-licensed premises trading program, and development of a contemporary music strategy.
Elizabeth-W-Scott-rounded Elizabeth W Scott
Executive Director
Create NSW
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10:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking
10:30 Sydney NTE Case Study: Rejuvenating Sydney’s Night Economy With Extended Operating Hours and New Planning Controls

  • This session will look at how proposed amendments to Sydney’s Local Environmental Plan 2012 and Development Control Plan 2012 aim to make it easier for shops and businesses to open later in the city’s business precincts, support more small-scale cultural uses in existing under-used buildings, and provide a clear and fair approach to managing noise from entertainment venues. When combined with other initiatives like destination marketing and grants programs, longer operating hours will make it easier for operators to respond flexibly to changing retail opportunities, such as local festivals and longer summer evenings.
Linda-Scott-2-rounded Linda Scott
Deputy Lord Mayor
City of Sydney
11:00 How Regional Communities Embrace the Night Time Economy

  • This session will explore how non-metropolitan areas are designing and thriving in contemporary night time economies. In particular, the challenges faced by regional communities with transient workforce (mining and tourism) and how these communities have, by circumstance and design, re-invented their night time economy.
Daniel-Fletcher-rounded Daniel Fletcher
General Manager, Communities
Central Highlands Regional Council
11:30 International Case Study: How London’s Night Urban Transportation Boost Its Night Time Economy by £1.5 Billion

  • London’s Night Tube’s will contribute more than £1.5 billion to London’s economy over the next 10 years, double initial projections.
  • Research shows the service is contributing millions more to the economy than was expected when it launched in August 2016.
  • Passenger numbers are also higher than predicted, with almost 17 million journeys so far — well above the 14 million forecast.
12:00 Lunch & Networking


13:00 Night Time Economy Interactive Roundtable Discussion:

  • Night Time Public Access and Transportation to Drive Night Time Economy
  • Policing, Security and Enforcement
  • Effective Communications to Drive Cultural and Behavioral Changes
  • Night Time Economy Governance
Jo-kelly-rounded Jo Kelly
People, Place & Partnership
People Place and Partnership
13:30 Thriving Examples from Adelaide’s Night Time Economy Case Study: How Councils Strengthened Its NTE With Better Engagement With Businesses

  • Adelaide has seen consistent growth from its night economy over five years. This session will cover the Adelaide City Council’s focus on enabling businesses – big or small, new or existing – and helping them leverage the night economy as a source of revenue and employment opportunities. In partnership with the State, the council recently released the “Good Evening, Adelaide” strategy, aimed at making it easier for people to browse Adelaide’s night economy as well as supporting businesses operating after 5pm.
14:00 Efficient Services, Traffic and Safety: Building the Essential Infrastructure for Any Night Economy

  • This session will touch on the infrastructure underlying any successful night economy – such as street lighting, CCTV networks and safe, efficient transport – as well as the development of strategies to enable them in major night-time employment and entertainment precincts.
Paul-Cozen-rounded Dr Paul Cozens
Environmental Criminologist & Advanced Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Practitioner
Curtin University
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14:30 “Melbourne Music City” – How Melbourne Develop Into Being One of the Live Music Capitals of the World
patrick-donovan-rounded Patrick Donovan
Music Victoria
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15:00 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
15:30 Case Study: How Canberra’s Food Industry Boosts Its Night Economy – The Night Runs on Its Stomach

  • This session will explore the importance of food in the night economy, exemplified by Canberra, which has seen more than 300 new restaurants and cafes in the last 8 years, supplying some 21,000 jobs. The city recorded some of the strongest night economy growth in Australia between 2016 and 2017 – driven by cutting of red tape, including dropping liquor license fees by 25% for small restaurants and cafes, and discounting fees for outdoor dining permit holders.
16:00 An Integrated Approach Towards Effectual Venue Planning for Revitalizing the Night Economy

  • This session will touch on how local councils responsible for major night-time precincts should pilot “Night-time Business Improvement Districts” as a genuine partnership between councils and local businesses involved in the 24-hour economy. It will also cover planning controls with regard to reducing noise pollution from entertainment venues, and temporary use of small-scale arts venues.
16:30 Case Study: Melbourne’s Successful Night Time Economy Beyond Alcohol

  • This session will look at Melbourne as an example of how night-time culture does not have to involve alcohol as its main focus. The city’s night economy has seen a 48% increase in food sales between 2009 and 2015, while alcohol sales actually decreased by 4.7%. The key lies in normalizing and activating a city after dark with cultural events, performances, sporting matches, extended shopping hours, later (or earlier) food service and various other entertainment offerings, while increasing safety provisions and improving public transport options.
17:00 Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman
17:05 Champagne Networking Session


14 June 2019, Friday

09:00 Welcome Speech & Opening Remarks by Conference Producer


09:15 How a Vibrant Night Economy Strengthens Amsterdam’s National and International Position as a Creative Capital

  • This session will detail how Amsterdam became the leader in protecting and maximizing night economy offerings, balancing tourists’ needs with residents’ by promoting safety, inclusion and respectfulness while supporting suburban pockets of activity to ease congestion.

09:45 London NTE Global Exemplar: How Cities Can Collaborate To Build a Cohesive Night Time Economy – Case Studies from London, Glasgow and Bristol
10:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking
10:30 Amsterdam’s International Success in Night Time Economy: How a Vibrant Night Time Economy Strengthens Electronic Music Capital of the World

  • Amsterdam is the leader in initiatives to protect and maximize night time offerings, starting with introduction of the ‘Night Mayor’ to oversee ‘the other 9 to 5’. The city has learned to balance the influx of tourists with residents’ needs by promoting safety, inclusion and respectfulness while supporting suburban pockets of activity to ease congestion in the city center.


11.00 Governance and Regulations: Cohesive and Effective Governance, and Regulation for Night Economies

  • This session will propose and detail measures city councils could take to uplift their night economies. These include accreditation similar to the UK’s Purple Flag movement, looking into opening hours and licensing restrictions, establishment of a Night-Time Industries Association to drive coordination and collaboration between after-dark businesses, appointing a Night Economy Minister, and working on cross-boundary strategies with relevant agencies.
11:30 The Sociable City: A Framework for Planning and Managing Life at Night

  • Night time economy involves planning, activation, safety and management by a collective of disparate entities often working independently of each other.
  • How does a city start on this mission, sustain progress and move beyond the stigma often associated with nightlife?
  • One approach is a holistic strategy being adopted by many North American cities that galvanizes stakeholders and provides a flexible framework for this massive undertaking.
  • This session will highlight how Pittsburgh, PA and other cities have used the framework to both embrace opportunities such as designing nightlife for women, as well as to address challenges including mobility, regulatory reforms, safety resources and disorderly patron behavior.
12:00 City Council Panel Discussion: Strategies for Improving Diversity Mix of Night Time Economy

  • Diversifying Performance and Cultural Mix
  • Transforming Retail Beyond 9-to-5 and Overcoming Social Inertia
  • Improving Entertainment Mix
  • Considerations: Regulations, Security and Transportation Access
Samantha-Hardie-rounded Samantha Hardie
Strategic Planner
Lake Macquarie City Council
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Jo-kelly-rounded Jo Kelly
People, Place & Partnership
People Place and Partnership
12:30 Lunch & Networking
13:30 Activating Winter Nights for Economic Gain in Tasmania

  • This session will cover the importance of diversity in late night retail and entertainment offerings in winter, given many are looking for experiences more than products these days.
Craig-Perkins-rounded Craig Perkins
Chief Executive Officer & Director of Regional Development
Regional Development Australia – Tasmania
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14:00 Adapting Buildings and Land for the Night Economy: Urban Design Strategies

  • This session will explore enterprise zoning and land use in night economies, with a focus on genuine mixed-use precinct ideas, such as using industrial areas for after-hours music and hospitality applications. Repurposing buildings no longer viable for daytime use (due to economic or demographic reasons) can also help reinvigorate stagnant parts of cities and prevent them from becoming derelict and attracting crime.
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14:30 City Councilors Panel: Learning Lessons, Challenges and Pain Points in Implementing Night Economy Strategy

  • This session, hosted by city councilors, will discuss some of the biggest learning lessons in implementing night economy strategies across the country.
Craig-Perkins-rounded Craig Perkins
Chief Executive Officer & Director of Regional Development
Regional Development Australia – Tasmania
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Samantha-Hardie-rounded Samantha Hardie
Strategic Planner
Lake Macquarie City Council
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Craig-Chung-rounded Craig Chung
City of Sydney
15:00 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking


15:30 Small-Town NTE Strategies: How Yarra Is Fostering a Safe, Vibrant and Functional Night Economy

  • This session will examine Yarra, Victoria and how it is working towards a night economy with well-kept, well-furnished public spaces and a diverse spread of patrons and activities – a night economy whose benefits outweigh the costs.
16:00 Hong Kong’s NTE Strategy: Learning Lessons from Hong Kong and Its Exemplary Night Economy Vision

  • This session will look at Hong Kong and its exemplary night economy vision. Topics covered will include creating safe, vibrant spaces through effective lighting strategies, growing local visitation through after-dark commerce and culture, facilitating live entertainment and recreation through regulation and consultation with key stakeholders, celebrating diversity and community, curating regular events and festivals that activate the outdoor, public and natural environment, improving night-time public and alternative transport, and more.
16:30 Wollongong and Newcastle Strategy: How Small Bars Are Resurrecting the Night Economy in Wollongong and Newcastle

  • This session will cover how some of New South Wales’s old industrial heartlands are driving down assault rates while resurrecting their night economies with small bars and live music venues. Wollongong and Newcastle, once marred by pub violence, are now models for night economy success, reducing alcohol-related assaults by 12.5% and drawing 7.9 million additional night-time visitors respectively.
17:00 Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman