The team tasked with reinvigorating Sydney’s nightlife

14 May, 2018 by Andy Young

The City of Sydney Council has revealed the 15 experts from the city’s nightlife and creative sectors who will comprise the new nightlife advisory panel – tasked with reinvigorating the city after dark.

The nightlife and creative sector advisory panel will work together to give the Council advice on new initiatives, issues and opportunities for Sydney’s night-time economy as well as how to work with industry, business and other agencies to once again make Sydney’s nightlife thriving, safe and diverse.


Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the panel members have a unique opportunity to help shape Sydney’s night-time economy now and into the future.

“Sydney has the potential to be one of the world’s great 24-hour cities, with an exciting and diverse nightlife that matches our thriving daytime economy,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Unfortunately, there’s no escaping the fact that the NSW Government’s lockout laws have put the brakes on Sydney’s nightlife – they were a sledgehammer blow when what we needed was an evidence-based approach to the problems we share with other global cities.

“While we continue to advocate to the NSW Government to relax lockout laws, provide adequate late-night transport and explore licensing reform to allow well-managed venues to continue to trade, we are doing everything we can as a local government to revitalise Sydney’s nightlife.

“Since implementing OPEN Sydney in 2012, we have supported the development of a vibrant and safe night-time culture by leading Sydney’s small bar revolution, introducing food trucks, upgrading late-night taxi ranks, improving wayfinding, and increasing CCTV.

“Our live music action plan, funding for late-night safety ambassadors and grants for businesses to improve or diversify their evening activities all support a more interesting and successful night-time economy.

“This new advisory panel brings together passionate and experienced industry professionals to help us navigate the challenges and opportunities facing our night-time economy at this most critical time.

“These experts will advise us on how we can engage with and bring together the creative, cultural, nightlife, private and government sectors to boost our night-time culture, support businesses operating in the night-time economy and help us realise our vision for Sydney as a world-class 24-hour city.”

The panel will be similar to models already operating in other global cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, London and New York. It will meet four times per year and be co-chaired by a City of Sydney Councillor.

The panel members are:

  • Justine Baker– CEO of the Solotel Group
  • John Green – director of the Australian Hotels Associations since 2008
  • Greg Turton – general manager of The World Bar and chairperson of the Kings Cross Liquor Accord
  • Joshua Green – general manager of Side Bar in Haymarket
  • Joy Ng – member of the Redfern Small Bar Liquor Accord and the owner and licensee of The Bearded Tit
  • Kerri Glasscock – operator of Venue 505 in Surry Hills for 14 years and has been festival director and CEO of the Sydney Fringe Festival since 2013
  • Kat Dopper – founder of Heaps Gay, an event series for LGBTI young people
  • Emily Collins – managing director of Music NSW
  • John Ferris – advisor to the Australasian Performing Rights Association
  • James Winter – director of not-for-profit arts organisation Brand X and on the board of the Darlinghurst Business Partnership
  • Emilya Colliver – founder of Art Pharmacy and Culture Scouts, and a member of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Young Ambassadors Committee
  • Stephan Gyory – owner of The Record Store in Darlinghurst and is a founding member and the current president of the Darlinghurst Business Partnership
  • Jacob Collier – president of the Glebe Chamber of Commerce and the founder of Bird and Border
  • Michael Wynn-Jones– UTS academic, lecturer and consultant with over 25 years’ experience in building regulation
  • Phillip Wadds – holds a PhD in criminology and cultural studies and has been involved in research on Sydney’s night-time economy for the past 10 years.

The City of Sydney said the panel members were selected from 126 applications following a rigorous selection process, and were chosen for their skills and experience, and with the aim of ensuring they represent the diversity of the nightlife and creative sectors, including various age groups and cultural backgrounds.