The New South Wales Australian Labor Party (ALP) has unveiled a new shadow ministry, following Luke Foley’s resignation, and for the first time it includes a Minister for the Night Time Economy.
The role will be filled by the Hon. John Graham MLC, who has been a key figure in the NSW Music Inquiry. The recently launched Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) described the move as “a big early win”, adding that it will “redouble efforts to get the NSW Government to follow suit”.
NTIA Chair Michael Rodrigues told TheShout: “Recognition of the Night Time Economy as a ministry is a big step forward in achieving the NTIA’s priority policy agenda of having the importance of the night time recognised by government.
“For the first time in half a decade we have a real opportunity to work with both sides of politics in a crafting a new narrative for Sydney and NSW and rebuilding a vibrant and diverse nightlife.
“Now’s the time for industry to get off the sidelines, get involved and join the NTIA.”
Graham will also assume responsibility for new leader Michael Daley’s old portfolio of gaming and racing, as well as tourism, major events and forestry.
He said: “We are going to have a serious go at saving the NSW music scene.”
Graham also contacted the NTIA, asking to pass on a message to members, saying: “I look forward to working with you and your members to restore Sydney as a vibrant night time city and rebuild the jobs and opportunities that come with it.”
The move comes as the City of Sydney has put its late trading Development Control Plan up for consultation. Industry is urged to get involved in helping to support the plan and start the revival of Sydney’s night-life by heading to the City of Sydney website.
Also anyone keen to become a member of the NTIA should head to the association’s website.