Sydney's nightlife finally seems to be on the road to recovery four years after the state government introduced paralyzing blockade laws.
While dozens of companies were forced to close their doors as a result of controversial lockout restrictions, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that the nightlife in Sydney is beginning to recover.
The number of places of operation in the city increased by 1.8 percent to 4,872 establishments in 2017.
Sydney's nightlife finally seems to be on the road to recovery four years after the state government introduced paralyzing blockade laws
The city of Sydney became a ghost town after the introduction of lockout laws, with many customers choosing to stay at home
General sales also experienced a significant increase, growing by 6.3 percent to boost the city's total night-time economy to $ 4.05 billion.
Despite the resurgence, alcohol consumption continues to be overtaken by food as the strongest sector in the economy of nightlife, according to the report.
"The greatest growth during this period was in the beverage subsector, with increases in the establishments (+ 4.9%), employment (+ 8.7%) and turnover (+ 6.5%), well above the NSW. and the national averages, & # 39; The Guardian informed.
"This growth occurs after the decline between 2014 and 2015 (-8%) after the introduction of the lockouts in February 2014."
Laws were introduced to combat nighttime violence, especially in well-known areas of the city center and Kings Cross, but were widely ridiculed for punishing the general population based on a few isolated attacks.
Despite constant protests and pleas to lighten restrictions during the four years, the government has proven to be inflexible in its defense of the laws.
Many of the establishments in Sydney were negatively impacted by lockout laws, from live music venues (pictured) to bars and restaurants.
The latest statistics come after the establishment of a nightlife panel, similar to those in New York and London, composed of 15 professionals from the entertainment, hospitality, live music and business industries.
The group met with companies and other government agencies to reestablish an out of hours scene and re-ignite the state of Sydney as a 24-hour city, Broadsheet reported.
In response to continued industry lobbying, laws were amended in December 2016 to allow small bars to operate until 2 a.m. M. Without the need for security, as long as the guests do not exceed 100 people.
This has seen an increase in the number of small bars that appear in the city, as those in Sydney change their drinking habits to reflect the new reality.
The laws were amended in December 2016 to allow small bars to operate until 2 a.m. M. No need for security, as long as the guests do not exceed 100 people.
Meanwhile, in Melbourne, the culture of good food continues to drive the $ 3.2 billion nightlife economy.
The sector continues to grow and grow each year, with an increase of 12 percent registered in 2017.
The mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, said the statistics reflect a cultural change similar to that of Sydney.
"It's particularly nice that beverage sales have gone down since we now have up to a million people visiting the city every day," he said Thursday.
After the laws were introduced, Sydney's nightlife plummeted, with Friday and Saturday nights in the city as far away as they once were.
As the Sydney panel continues to advocate for change and discovers interim solutions for lockout laws, their hope of rejuvenating the state's thriving nightlife increases with it.
"It's about seeing Sydney's nightlife as a complete ecosystem and figuring out how everything connects, and the possible ways in which small interventions could see a significant change," said live music advocate Emily Collins.
"A vibrant nightlife does not have a single look, they are 70 years old, dancing on the street, they are teenagers watching their first live punk concert at a music venue, they are new lovers watching the sunrise after a night of dancing You are eating your favorite pasta at 3 in the morning in a crowded restaurant.
"The police are pointing you in the right direction when you can not find that incredible place of new music, it's the families who ride their bikes through the harbor after dinner, buy a new book for their best friend when they finish working at the 10pm It's going to be able to go out and it costs you less than $ 50. It's about choosing to go out, be with people, instead of staying at home. "
Despite constant protests and pleas to lighten the restrictions during the four years, the government has proved inflexible in its defense of the laws