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A recent report produced in collaboration with Urbis presents a TEN POINT PLAN TO IMPROVE WOMEN’S ENGAGEMENT IN THE NIGHT TIME ECONOMY.  Also in 2023 we have published a joint report with Cedar Mill Group and Business Western Sydney on GREATER ENTERTAINMENT FOR GREATER SYDNEY and the advantages of installing permanent performance shells in Sydney's iconic parklands. 

We commend these papers to you. 



10 point plan

On 2nd March 2023, Business Sydney along with Urbis and Sydney City Police Area Command launched our 10-point plan on improving women’s engagement in Sydney’s night-time economy.

As we continue to recover from the pandemic, we must take every opportunity to revitalise our economy – and improving female participation in the night-time economy is key.

Our 10-point plan covers everything from improving features of the built environment such as lighting and safe areas to broadening the range of activities offered and improving safety on public transport. It highlights the issues holding women back from being able to fully engage in the night-time economy. It illustrates the perception of safety, or a lack thereof, which is deeply engrained in the life experience of many women.


Permanent Performance Shells in Sydney's Iconic Parklands

Greater Sydney is one of the world's great cities, and needs a culture and entertainment offer to match. Outdoor events and festivals are a central part of the cultural life of our city, yet remarkably we still lack a dedicated permanent venue for outdoor events. This has been recognised as a gap in Sydney's cultural infrastructure provision for many years.  

This report presents a new vision for outdoor entertainment in Greater Sydney, through the creation of state-of-the-art permanent performance 'shells', integrated into and enhancing diverse parklands in Sydney's three city centres: The Domain, Parramatta Park, and South Creek Park in Western Sydney's new Bradfield City Centre.


A collaborative Vision for growth from Culture and Creativity

Sydney had a thriving, if somewhat undervalued arts and culture scene prior to COVID-19, and now has a great opportunity to capitalise on us leading the way in vaccination and reopening to establish the harbour city as the cultural capital of the nation and the Asia-Pacific region.

While individually our great arts venues and cultural institutions provide a wondrous choice for Sydneysiders and tourists, bringing them together into a collaborative and co-operative coalition can create an arts and culture sector that becomes something bigger than the sum of its parts.



Jobs for the 24-hour Economy

This Paper puts a jobs focused microscope over the Sydney CBD. With our expert partner, Urbis, we have conducted a forensic examination of two key areas in the CBD – the Northern Gateway and the Camperdown Health and Education Precinct – to understand who currently works at night, the opportunities of who could work at night, and what interventions and policies are needed to ensure our metropolis emerges from the pandemic as a strong, vibrant, and diverse 24-hour economy.

FReight and the city

rethink. reroute. reshape

Now more than ever, as Sydney and the nation recovers from the pandemic, economic productivity and prosperity matters. This means freight matters. Drawing on the insights of industry leaders at the front line and under the expert guidance of Dr. Neil Temperley, this paper rethinks, reroutes and reshapes the freight system to challenge the current paradigm and provide a blueprint for the future.



THE future of Oxford street

Business Sydney in collaboration with Hatch RobertsDay, not only provides a way forward to secure the future of Oxford Street, but also challenges and encourages urban leaders across Sydney and New South Wales to take these ideas and apply them to high streets in their local communities. 

Now is the time to back our High Streets and encourage big thinking and big action. By doing so we can secure the future of the streets that are the backbone of our communities - the Streets that we love.

Great cities do not happen by chance

Now is the time to take planning and land use fit for purpose

Our demonstrated success in containing the pandemic whilst also supporting our fellow citizens and businesses cope with the economic downturn, can be repeated in how we plan for and build a better urban environment, an even more vibrant economy, and a more resilient society.



moving sydney to a 24-hour city

Now is the perfect time for Sydney to press the reset button on this debate. With much of our daytime and nighttime economies in hibernation, now is the time for us to plan for their reemergence, to put in place the policies and investments which will support the much needed jobs growth and productivity our damaged economy will need. With our cities cultural output stifled and our theatres, music venues and galleries closed, we need to work quickly to get the show back on the road.