An even-handed noise management policy for Newcastle

Newcastle Council plans to grow the city’s $1.36 billion night time economy with a live music task force and an “even-handed” noise management policy.

It’s all part of the council’s draft Newcastle After Dark Strategy which is now open for public exhibition and comment between the 2 April and 14 May 2018. You can check it out, and have your say, by clicking on this link.


The document outlines a four-year strategy to be delivered by Council as part of its commitment to leading the development of a safe and vibrant night-time economy for Newcastle.

The strategy identifies six priority areas including strategic alcohol management, night-time economic development and cultural participation and activation.

The strategy also acknowledges that Newcastle has experienced significant changes over the past 10 years with boom in small bars offering new alternatives to our entertainment, culture and dining scenes.


The way we look at it, this is Council asking us (that’s you folks) to hold them accountable for what they say is one of their main priorities – Fixing the damage that’s been done to our live music scene and our night time economy. And that can only be a good thing, right?

We all love Newcastle’s live music and late-night entertainment scene so who better to make suggestions.

We’re encouraging everyone to all jump on this document, have a read and made some suggestions…


It’s a 48-page document, so we’re not judging you. Below we’ve listed some of what council say they want to achieve in the document…

> Prevent and mitigate the harmful and anti-social impacts of irresponsible consumption of alcohol
> Encourage a sustainable, safe and diverse night-time economy
> Design urban areas to facilitate safe, attractive and engaging night-time spaces
> Encourage diverse cultural activities
> Regulate and plan to enable and support the overall vision
> Research and evaluate programs implemented

You can find the Newcastle After Dark Strategy document and have your say here.

Written by Newcastle Live

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