Logan City Council will pave the way for more businesses to open their doors at night, allowing the economy to thrive after the sun goes down.
Council’s Night Time Economy Strategy will include a range of measures to grow the City of Logan after hours, creating a safe, diverse and inclusive city which champions local business.
Council will review costs for businesses applying to open later, and revisit requirements placed on venues such as bars to reduce noise which impacts the surrounding area. Development application fees will be reviewed.
Council will also look to utilise vacant shopfronts as ‘pop-ups’ for businesses and services. Land acquisition for a standalone dining precinct is also being considered.
It is hoped targeted investment attraction funding will encourage large food and entertainment brands to open in the city.
Economic Development Chair, Councillor Jon Raven, is excited about creating new evening dining and entertainment options, while ensuring residents’ safety.
“Our residents and families want to enjoy a night out in Logan and support local businesses rather than travel to another city,” Cr Raven said.
“We can build something tailored for the needs, tastes and budgets of our residents.”
The strategy will also encourage more footpath dining.
Division 10 Councillor and Deputy Economic Development Chair, Miriam Stemp said the strategy was a priority for locals.
“The development of a night time economy has been a common theme from our residents in giving feedback at city centre summits undertaken by Council,” Cr Stemp said.
The strategy follows a month-long public survey answered by more than 300 respondents.
Of those, 67 per cent said they wanted more to do in the city at night, while 50 per cent said they didn’t feel safe after dark.