What is a 24 hour economy all about and what’s in it for me?
Learn more about the vision and opportunities for a 24 Hour Economy.
What are the impacts and opportunities for Parramatta and what strategies are been implemented to accelerate the creation and growth of night-time hubs?
Be prepared and plan your business after the lockdown is over.
How the night time economy is going to change how we do businesses around Parramatta CBD.
As an accelerator case study, hear about the strategy for Parramatta. We'll discuss how to nurture the creation and growth of safe night-time hubs, so residents don't have to leave the region for entertainment. We'll also talk about the opportunity provided by transformation, such as how Eat Street will be reactivated once Parramatta Light Rail is complete.
Michael launched the Time Out brand in Australia under license in 2007 and in his time at the helm grew the audience across print, digital and social channels to in excess of 1,000,000 Australians monthly. In recent years and prompted by the challenges facing Sydney's night time economy he launched and chaired the Night Time Industries Association which was instrumental in lifting the lockout laws, and shaping the State of NSW's 24 Hour Economy Strategy. In February 2021 Michael was announced as the NSW's inaugural 24 Hour Economy Commissioner, a role he commenced on 29 March 2021.
Fun Fact: Mike worked as a trainee civil engineer for Leighton Contractors on the Homebush Bay Rail Link in the lead up to the 2000 Games.
Gisella Velasco is the Night Time Economy Project Officer at City of Parramatta. As one of only two metropolitan Councils with a dedicated night time economy role, Parramatta is further cementing itself at the centre of global Sydney. Gisella is an urban planner with an avid passion for empowering communities. She utilises her skills to bridge the technical and the personal to elevate the stories of people and places. Prior to joining Council, she worked in consulting and has experience across a wide range of projects in infrastructure and land use planning, policy, strategy and masterplanning.