More than 20 Sydney suburbs to get ‘precincts’ in $200k bid to boost nightlife

More than 20 areas across Sydney will be given a major $200,000 funding boost under a NSW government initiative aimed at rebranding precincts into tourism hotspots.
A total of 21 suburbs will be given the cash injection, with the view that in time they will be transformed into major creativity and night-time hubs, attracting international and domestic tourists.
Under the Uptown Grant Program, Sydney’s “curry capital” of Harris Park will be rebranded as Little India, Brookvale’s up-and-coming brewery scene is set to be transformed into the Brookvale Arts District (BAD), and the city’s queer capital of Darlinghurst will officially be crowned the Rainbow Precinct.
People dance in the street and wave Indian and Australian flags from cars as they wait hoping Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi might visit the suburb of Harris Park in Sydney, Tuesday, May 23, 2023. Modi has arrived in Sydney for his second Australian visit as India's prime minister and told local media he wants closer bilateral defense and security ties as China's influence in the Indo-Pacific region grows. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Harris Park will be rebranded as Little India. (AP)

Among the other recipients of the grant include Eastwood, which will use Koreatown branding; Blacktown, whose project will be titled The Gathering, in a bid to create a program of activities to highlight the area’s vibrant youth; and Paddington, where bustling bars and restaurants will now be known as the Paddo Collective.

“This is an exciting opportunity for groups of businesses and creatives in areas across Sydney who’ve laid out their visions to create well-known precincts with unique offerings for locals and visitors to enjoy,” Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy John Graham said.

“Owners have enough on their plate with the day-to-day running of their businesses.

“The Uptown Grant Program allows these districts to hire dedicated resources to manage their combined initiatives, including events, marketing and operations.

“The Gathering in Blacktown has one of many exciting visions.

“Their program aims to attract people to hundreds of events, artists and collectives, from hip-hop to the best Afghan and Filipino food, to the incredible work of Solid Ground, haunted ghost tours and films like Here Out West.

“The project will focus on supporting the emergence of youth culture, a local arts and music scene and amplifying and connecting existing offerings in the community.”

The city’s queer capital of Darlinghurst will be officially crowned the Rainbow Precinct. (Getty)

NSW 24-Hour Economy Commissioner Michael Rodrigues said the program was “key” in cementing the state as a tourism hub at night as well as during daylight hours.

“With an Uptown Grant, districts can bring their visions to life and deliver brilliant experiences that celebrate what’s best about their community,” Rodrigues said.

“The Uptown Program is a key element of our 24-Hour Economy Strategy, encouraging place-based collaboration, branding and storytelling within districts, and providing a platform for them to innovate with reduced risk and ultimately become self-sustainable in the future.”

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