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Here's how you can save Sydney's nightlife by writing a submission to the NSW government

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Time Out editors

The deadline is fast approaching for submissions to the specially convened parliamentary inquiry into the music and arts economy in NSW.

The submission process is the first step towards meaningful change to the state’s moribund nightlife, and submissions must be made by Wednesday February 28.

Submissions can be made by individuals or organisations, and are open to anyone irrespective of geographical location. So for instance, if you’ve relocated to Melbourne from Sydney because of its superior nightlife, you can still make a submission.

Each submission should be personal to you, or your organisation.

Hospitality crew: Think about how the current situation has impacted on you, your business patronage and your future career or business plans. Is your venue fairly policed, in a manner that is constructive to public safety? Or does it compromise guest experience? Example submission.

Music folk: Are you are getting as much work as previously? Can you find venues to play in, or to go to to hear live music? Example submission.

Other creative industry worker: Is the city or NSW an inspiring place to live? Could it be improved? If so, how? Example submission.

Member of the public: How could Sydney’s nightlife make a positive change to your life?

A submission to the parliamentary inquiry into the music and arts economy in New South Wales can take any format, from a brief letter to a substantial research paper.

Your submission must be relevant to the terms of reference. But you only need address those issues that are relevant to you.

In drafting your submission you may wish to include:

Key issues: identify the key problems or issues that need to be addressed.

Evidence: Refer to relevant research, law, policies or findings.

Case studies: Include examples of how you, your organisation or your clients are affected by the issue.

Recommendations: Try to identify possible solutions. The committee wants to know what can be done to address a problem.

Summary: Provide a brief summary and if your submission is lengthy, a contents list. Number the pages of your submission.

You can upload your submission through the website. Include your name, address and phone number (your personal contact details will not be published if your submission is published). Writing not your thing? Upload a video or video link instead, or send it to

Making a submission takes as little as 20 minutes – we’ve timed it. If you make a submission you may be called to give evidence to the inquiry.

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