Arts And Creative Policy

A Creative Council

Labor will support our arts and creative industries and support the Inner West’s place and reputation as the heart of Sydney’s live music scene and nightlife. Labor will:

  • Convert Marrickville Town Hall into a multicultural hub, as well as a venue for live music, performing arts and cultural centre
  • Expand the budget for the Perfect Match program by 20% (or 4 public artworks a year)
  • Establish an Inner West Film Festival in partnership with local cinemas, theatres, and filmmakers, and with a focus on local films.
  • Work with 50 venues to host music and arts events as part of the Council’s legalisation of arts in main streets and industrial premises in the first 6 months after the planning policy being gazetted by the NSW Government
  • Replicate the St.Anmore Festival across the 5 wards of the Inner West Council, with a focus on bringing live music and arts to our parks

Special Entertainment Precincts

Labor supports the creation of Special Entertainment Precincts in Enmore Rd, Darling St, and Marrickville Rd. Special Entertainment Precincts will provide a real incentive for venues to host live music, comedy, theatre, and other cultural activities instead of relying on poker machines.

Balmain’s famous for having more pubs per square meter than any other suburb in Australia. We want to breath new life into our pub culture and night-time activity by creating a special entertainment precinct in Balmain.

Creating a special entertainment precinct in Marrickville Rd will also help to put an end to the prosecution of live music venues based on noise complaints. We know that we need to support these cultural institutions rather than shutting them down.

Our Inner West Council Labor candidates support:

  • Advocating the state government to reduce the opening hours for poker machines.
  • A more comprehensive application process for additional Electronic Gaming Machines
  • Removing gambling from advertising on council properties and spaces
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