Expressions of interest are now open for Melbourne’s brightest industry minds to join a committee of local industry leaders to help bring back the buzz to Melbourne’s world renowned night time economy.
The City of Melbourne is creating a Night-time Economy Advisory Committee that will bring together leaders from the retail, hospitality and creative industries, government representatives and experts in city safety and urban planning.
The committee will focus on solving challenges facing the night-time economy including ways to encourage people back into the city and how best to support businesses that have been most severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted the night-time economy due to government policy settings such as the night-time curfew, restrictions on trade for hospitality and ongoing venue density limits. Night-time pedestrian activity in the city has dropped 60 to 70 per cent compared to the same time last year.
The City of Melbourne is committed to ensuring the night-time economy not only recovers, but continues with a positive growth trajectory. The recovery effort needs to be coordinated, timely, informed, considered and consistent with the best interests of the city’s stakeholders, residents, businesses, workers and visitors. The City of Melbourne is therefore seeking an EOI from Melbourne’s night-time industry and community to become members of the committee.