Thursday, February 22, 2024

Inner West plan to create Sydney live entertainment ‘epicentre’

Inner West Council says the area’s iconic Enmore Road is on the verge of becoming Sydney’s live entertainment “epicentre”.

The Council this week unanimously supported the lodging of a planning proposal with the NSW Government to make the entertainment precinct, which has been trialled since September, permanent.

The pilot has allowed for:

  • All main street businesses to host live music or entertainment without having to seek amendment to their consent;
  • Licenced venues hosting artistic events to trade 30 minutes later; and
  • Extending outdoor dining for an extra hour to 11pm

“The results are in and our Enmore Special Entertainment Precinct trial has been a huge success,” said Mayor, Darcy Byrne.

“With music lovers flocking to Enmore Road throughout the trial we know that making the State’s first special entertainment precinct permanent will continue to boost our art scene and night time economy.

“On the back of this success we are now looking at Marrickville Road, Norton Street and Darling Street as the next locations for special entertainment precincts in the inner west.”

By making the Special Entertainment Precinct permanent, Council aims to revive live music and entertainment, activate local businesses and the night time economy; and create more places for the community to enjoy, the Mayor said.

During the pilot, Council trialled a Noise Management Plan for licensed venues that have amplified music to understand the practical aspects of noise management in the precinct.

Noise complaints within the precinct area were managed solely by the Council, instead of multiple state government agencies, utilising Inner West Council’s Good Neighbour Policy that brings complainants and venue operators together to mitigate, not litigate noise complaints.

Council says more than 90% of people surveyed about the Special Entertainment Precinct supported it becoming permanent.

It is bringing forward a parking review for the precinct and implementing a good neighbour noise management strategy.

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