Push to develop ‘night’ economy

THE business community has come together with state and local governments to shine a light on Canterbury Bankstown’s untapped night-time economy.

And, what better way to start the event – presented by the Canterbury Bankstown Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Canterbury Bankstown Council – than with the local Bankstown Theatre performing in the local Bryan Brown Theatre.
“This is what tonight is all about,” Mayor Bilal El-Hayek said.
“We want more of this type of activity as we grow our night-time economy.
“I am very keen to see how we can leverage our diverse cultural heritage, local resources and collaborate with business to further enhance and to specifically develop a lively night economy strategy that celebrates our diverse commercial, social and cultural fabric.”
There were also several suggestions put forward at the gathering to help shape the night-time economy.
Chamber CEO Wally Mehanna said while it’s important that the night economy should be vibrant and diverse, featuring dining, theatre performances and unique retail experiences, offering numerous opportunities for business growth and community unity, “it’s important that it is not only about entertainment; it includes vital services and industries that sustain our city’s dynamism and prosperity 24/7, such as 24-hour stores, dependable transport, active night markets and healthcare”.
“Together, we can forge a dynamic and inclusive night-time environment that boosts our economy and enriches our community’s quality of life,” he said.