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Community encouraged to share their experiences of Newcastle at night

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Novocastrians have been invited to share their experiences of the city at night as part of an upcoming trial to extend the trading hours of several bars and restaurants across Newcastle.

City of Newcastle voted unanimously to support the trial to extend the trading hours of restaurants in the city until midnight and to 2am for small bars, as first proposed in the After Dark Strategy.

Twenty-six small bars and restaurants have opted into the trial as part of efforts to grow the night-time economy and support the hospitality industry’s recovery from the impact of COVID-19 related restrictions.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said community feedback is an important component of the trial because it would provide invaluable data to evaluate its impact.

“The Newcastle Night-time Economy trial will allow for an evidence-based understanding of the community’s needs,” she said.

“We invite the community to have their say on how they think more diverse entertainment options could be created in our city.”

She added that the hospitality and creative industries have struggled in the wake of the pandemic.

“We hope to see a positive outcome from the trial for these industries through increased night-time economic development, cultural participation and activation in our city.”

The council’s Newcastle After Dark 2018 – 2022 strategy is a plan for creating a safe, vibrant and diverse $1.36 billion night-time economy.

The strategy highlights that growth of venue diversity is paramount to increasing the appeal of Newcastle to broader demographics who are currently not catered for compared with competing regional destinations.

Go to City of Newcastle’s website for more.

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