The state’s inaugural NSW 24-hour Economy Commissioner Michael Rodrigues toured Brookvale this week with members of the Brookvale Arts District (BAD) and Manly MP James Griffin. They met with local business owners to learn more about the live music, brewery and arts scene at Brookvale.

The walking tour organised by BAD visited Bucketty’s, 4 Pines Truckbar, 7th Day Brewery, and live music venues The Plant Room and Label Nightclub.

Mr Griffin said the pandemic has presented a unique opportunity to rethink how local centres like Manly and Brookvale are supported to reinvigorate businesses and the art and music scene.

James Griffin

James Griffin

“Brookvale has a proud history and bright future. It has a mix of businesses and venues that will soon rival the best industrial arts and music precincts in the world.

“People no longer have to travel to the city to enjoy a top tier night out or experience some of the best live music in Australia. Between Manly and Brookvale, we have it covered. It’s time to redouble our efforts to support Brookvale,” said Mr Griffin.

President of Brookvale Arts District John Meredith said it was important to embrace and harness the vibrant arts culture of Brookvale.

“Our vision for Brookvale is a creativity, innovation and entertainment hub of global relevance and right now we not only have the heritage and the assets, we also have the political will to make it happen,” said Mr Meredith.

The Brookvale Arts District has a number of goals:

  • Present a unified vision and positive identity
  • Support creativity and innovation
  • Enhance artistic and industrial heritage
  • Create a sustainable green zone
  • Promote as a tourist destination
  • Regenerate degraded urban areas
  • Attract local and external investment
  • Create a comprehensive and viable master plan

As the former Managing Director of Time Out Magazine, Mr Rodrigues’ job as the 24-hour Economy Commissioner is to get the night-time economy back on its feet. The controversial lockout laws implemented under former NSW Premier Mike Baird were designed to curb violence but also claimed the night-time economy as collateral damage.

The NSW Government released a 24-hour Economy Strategy in September 2020 which lays out a plan to transform Greater Sydney into a vibrant, diverse, inclusive and safe 24-hour economy.

Vice President of Brookvale Arts District Lara Allport said that BAD offered a unique opportunity for Brookvale to become an international example of urban regeneration done right.

Mr Griffin said it is encouraging to see so many local Brookvale businesses engage with the Brookvale Arts District to collaborate and drive awareness of the support needed to take Brookvale to the next level. He released a video showing his tour of the area with Mr Rodrigues.

Mr Griffin has committed to working with stakeholders to support a vision for Brookvale that encourages diversification of night-time activities.

The Brookvale Arts District complements the broader work undertaken by the Manly Tourism Economic Recovery Taskforce to enhance and improve tourism spending in Manly and beyond.

Image: Northern Beaches Advocate
Video: James Griffin MP

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