The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) today released its third report in a series measuring the performance of the Australian Night Time Economy (NTE). The report includes the change in levels of annual sales revenues, number of establishments operating and employment across 14 key urban local government areas (including all State and Territory capital cities). The CCCLM Chair and Lord Mayor of Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim, noted the significant contribution activities taking place during the evening and night time make to the national economy, “local councils work hard to ensure that safe and diverse entertainment precincts are provided for the enjoyment of all who participate. The reported increase in jobs created and revenue turned over at night time reflects the need to support a growing 24 hour society”. The report highlights that: Annual NTE sales revenues in 2013-14 was estimated at $108 billion – an increase of 20 per cent from $90 billion in 2009 – the broader Australian economy (unconnected to the NTE) grew by 13.8 per cent in the same period. The NTE employs over 1 million people – 8.7 per cent of all Australian employment. Compared with the day-time economy, employment growth in the NTE experienced strong annual growth of 2.2 per cent. Food led businesses continue to grow, and accounts for 58 per cent of all NTE sales volume, with close to $38 billion of sales at restaurants and cafes, take away food sales follow at $24.6 billion. Food led revenue grew by $14 billion in the 2008-09 to 2013-14 period.... Read More
A review of the night time economic performance – commissioned by the National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Committee.
The CCCLM recognises the importance of transport connectivity in delivering economic and social benefits to Australia’s cities.
In recent years local governments have seen funding through grants and subsidies reduced which has put increased pressure on the capital and major cities to deliver infrastructure and services, therefore CCCLM is supportive of developing alternative equitable and sustainable funding and financing models.
There is clear evidence that affordable housing is a major issue in Australia’s cities. And that these problems are worsening, particularly in our larger cities, as a result of increasing city populations which place increasing pressure on land and infrastructure, and are driving up housing prices in our inner cities.
CCCLM believes that affordable housing must be regarded as essential basic infrastructure that is vital to the social and economic wellbeing of our cities and local communities, and is committed to working with all key stakeholders to develop solutions to Australia’s housing problems.
Read more here: Affordability Submission – Final 180316
Submission to inquiry into the need for a nationally consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence
Australian city councils continuously manage the effects of alcohol and other drugs in their late night districts, and as such, the CCCLM welcomes the opportunity of contributing to this inquiry. The CCCLM supports a unified approach to reducing alcohol-related harm.
City councils facilitate diverse and vibrant night time economies – estimated at contributing $108 billion in sales revenues, and employing over one million people in 2014. Whilst addressing the need for a nationally consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence, there is a need to balance this with protecting and growing our 24-hour society and building better places for people to live, work and visit.
Cities must balance their range of roles as the centre of business, culture, leisure, entertainment and retailing, as well as manage local communities and localities. Federal, State/Territory and Local Governments have a responsibility to support the range of city users; including residents, day and night time businesses and those that come to the city for work and entertainment.
The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors represents the interests of the Lord Mayors (and ACT Chief Minister) of Australia’s eight capital cities. As large users of energy, cities produce a significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions and consume an estimated 75% of the world’s energy (C40 Cities 2009).
Australia’s capital cities acknowledge this impact and are responding to the need to unlock energy efficiency in buildings by accelerating the upgrade of existing residential and commercial buildings in order to meet minimum national targets.
Read more here: CBD Submission
Providing national leadership for the effective co-ordination and representation of the special interests of Capital Cities