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Sydney's Night Time Economy

Last week I addressed the Joint Select Committee on Sydney's Night Time Economy. As a Councillor with NTE industry experience, I offered the inquiry some of my thoughts.

The Night Time Economy is intrinsically linked to food, entertainment (including creative industries) and liquor. I support retail and other parts of our economy growing with the NTE but lets focus on the core parts of the NTE.

People talking down Sydney has had a terrible impact on the NTE. Ironically those who have used a megaphone to oppose the Lock Out Laws saying “Sydney is Closed” have had a significant impact on whether people come out at night.

There is no doubt that an intervention in King Cross was necessary in 2014. I note that the Lord Mayor was advocating for the lock out laws and supported the Last Drinks campaign laws back then but now describes them as a sledgehammer on a walnut.

The liquor regulations imposed in 2014 are not per se inappropriate for some premises. Banning shots, food availability, plastic drinking vessels, scanners, curfew etc can be valuable tools for managing individual premises based on evidence. The collective punishment of the regulations in 2014 was the problem.

Read the full transcript

Climate 'Emergency'

At the June Council meeting, I made an amendment to the Lord Mayoral Minute about the Climate 'Emergency' which had stirred up the climate fundamentalists. I moved an amendment remove the hysterical and alarmist language used and when I did, I was heckled loudly by the gallery. It is funny how the left talk so much about inclusiveness and diversity of views but don't want to hear any opinion other than their own. 

The climate fundamentalists have weaponised language to the point that no-one is willing to voice another opinion and when they use language like “Coal is Genocide” and “Extinction Rebellion”, it just marginalizes the debate further and does nothing to bring about meaningful change to climate policy.

There is no doubt that the climate is changing and we need to do more to tackle the problem. Increasing levels of CO2, extreme weather events, warming oceans and rising sea levels pose a risk to all of us and we need to take action. Name calling and slogans are not the solution.

Listen to my interview with Ben Fordham on 2GB

Easy To Do Business

In June 2017, I moved a motion to request the City of Sydney join the NSW Government’s ‘Easy To Do Business’ Program which sets up a digital one-stop shop for businesses to interact with various levels of government and compliance requirements.

The program aims to simplify and fast track approvals for small business and improve customer experience with application times predicted to be cut from 18 months to 90 days. 

I am pleased to say that the City of Sydney, after 2 years of deliberation with Service NSW, have finally begun the implementation phase for this program! It's a positive step forward in empowering small businesses in Sydney.

ANZ Nighttime Economy

The City of Sydney had done a lot of work to our planning rules to permit later night trading. I was pleased to speak at the ANZ Night Time Economy forum where I discussed the balancing act the City has to go through to develop late night economy.

Unfortunately there is a bit of a disconnect when rangers turn up and shut down noisy pentanque games.

Or shut down parts of a 107 year old hotel without justification after a new block of units is built next door.

15 years of this Council administration has done nothing to protect small businesses from minor irritating and unfair complaints. I will continue to press Council to introduce fairer noise complaint rules that don't punish businesses who are doing the right thing

Watch some footage from the panel


One of my favourite days of the year is when I get to host a KAT (Kids Ambassador Team) meeting of SchoolAid in Town Hall. We have some remarkable students who spend time thinking about philanthropy and how they can help others who might need a helping hand. These students are showing some remarkable leadership. The future looks bright. 

Read more about what SchoolAID does

June Council Wrap
My appearance on ABC's The Drum on the 28th of July 2019
I spoke recently with Chris Kenny on Sky News about Clover Moore's Council prioritising environmental impact over public safety. Safety lights won't be installed in a park because of their carbon footprint!
If you have any issues or concerns within the City of Sydney, feel free to contact me at 

Kind regards,

What's On

Free Tours of NSW Parliament House
When: Every Friday 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Where: 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 
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Cherry Blossom Festival 2019
When: Every day 9 am - 10pm until 1 September
Where: World Square, 644 George Street Sydney NSW
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QVB After Dark
When: Every Day 5pm - 9pm until 3 September
Where: Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street Sydney NSW
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Contact Councillor Craig Chung:
P: +612 9246 7375 | M: +61 412 605 597

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