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Have your say on enhancing the night-time economy on the Central Coast
The Central Coast Night-Time Economy Discussion Paper has come about following Council’s Economic Development Strategy 2020-2040 and the Central Coast Destination Management Plan 2022-2026, both having actions to explore options to activate the night-time economy in the region.
Council’s Unit Manager of Economic Development and Property, Jamie Barclay, said Council wants local hospitality, business, and industry representatives, as well as residents and visitors to the Central Coast, to explore the discussion paper and share their thoughts.
“We have prepared the Central Coast Night-Time Economy Discussion Paper with extensive key stakeholder engagement, and it provides a strategic framework with potential projects identified for the development of the night-time economy on the Central Coast,” Mr Barclay said.
“The Central Coast currently has a limited and dispersed night-time economy and the discussion paper proposes ways for us to support local businesses to increase after dark operations to deliver more opportunities for employment, tourism, and the local economy.
“Night-time economy businesses are more than night clubs. They provide residents with places to go, socialise and enjoy the night hours. This could include food, beverage, and entertainment venues such as restaurants, food trucks, cafes, pubs, bars, theatres, cinemas, and live music venues.
“The end-game is to enhance and activate the night-time economy and create better places for the local community and visitors to enjoy after dark on the Central Coast.”
Council’s Administrator, Rik Hart, said enhancing the diversity and size of the Coast’s night-time economy will only make the region more attractive to locals and visitors alike.
“We’re keen to listen to you and value your input on how we can develop cultural and community vitality to improve local economies whilst offering new opportunities for employment, entertainment, art and culture,” Mr Hart said.
“By partnering with NSW Government departments, businesses and local community groups we’re hoping to improve night-time entertainment offerings that play a significant role in shaping the image and liveability of Gosford, as our principal city, and our other important town centres.”
Paramount to a healthy and sustainable regional economy, for both locals and visitors alike, is a vibrant night-time economy. This discussion paper aims to lay foundational work for Council to enable and support the growth of the industry in this space.
The Central Coast Night-Time Economy Discussion Paper is now open for comments and hospitality, business and industry representatives, as well as the community, are invited to share thoughts on how best to enhance the night-time economy across the region.
Feedback is open until 12 February 2024. Visit here to have your say.
This article archived 30 Jan 2024
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