Buy Nothing New month

26 June 2012

Buy Nothing New month is not a City event or campaign. It is a national campaign supported by charity groups, including the Brotherhood of St Lawrence. 

The City is simply allowing the organisers to use Customs House forecourt for 10 days. We allow many organisations the use of our public spaces and this is another example of that.

We are not providing the organisers with any financial support.

The City spends millions each year supporting business.

This year alone the City of Sydney has made new commitments valued at $820,000 to events to support retail, including:

  • Vogue Fashion Night Out triennial sponsorship, valued at $40,000 cash and $30,000 in-kind
  • Mercedes Benz Sydney Fashion Festival triennial sponsorship, valued at $20,000 cash and $50,000 in-kind
  • History Week 2012, linked to the Sydney is Fashion umbrella marketing campaign, valued at $20,000 cash and $10,000 in kind
  • Christmas in the City, funded with $120,000 for a creative consultant and $250,000 for matching projects, in addition to the existing investment in events, decorations and marketing.

In the 2011-2012 financial year, the City’s of Sydney’s support for retail included: 

  • Funding of $5 million for its Strategy and Economic Development Unit, increased from $3.2 million in the previous financial year
  • Allocating $180 million for the revitalisation of George Street in the city centre through light rail and public domain improvements, to create an inviting environment for pedestrians where retail will thrive
  • Developing new programs with the City’s Retail Advisory Panel, comprised of representatives of the retail industry and key government agencies
  • Coordinating the popular annual Small Business Awards, which last year saw a record 640 nominations and 67,000 votes cast, a 62 per cent increase in the number of votes over the previous year
  • Expanding Christmas event programming to make Sydney the premier destination for Christmas shopping
  • Hosting four ‘Lets Talk Business’ seminars, covering topics such as outsourcing, social media, customer data and online trade
  • Connecting retailers with opportunities provided by major events through a bi-monthly email newsletter and Talking Shop retail forum
  • Creating a new program of ‘101’ workshops for new small business activities, including sessions on development applications, providing live music and running pop-up events
  • Providing grants of up to $30,000 through the Finegrain Business Development Matching Grants program to help start-up businesses revitalise City laneways, including mentoring for successful applicants
  • Developing the strategy for a safe and prosperous late-night economy, a sector worth $15 billion a year that accounts for one quarter of city jobs
  • Delivered the Sydney-Chengdu Business forum as part of Chinese New Year Festival and sponsored the Sydney China Business Forum run by the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney
  • Funded the Village Business Partnership Grant program and provided precinct coordinator support to business associations to assist with their strategic planning, project delivery and governance
  • Assisting development of the Chinatown Food Lovers Guide and promotion of the Haymarket Chinatown Visitors Guide and Map
  • Assisting business associations and chambers in the development of Shop Local marketing material and campaigns
  • Sponsoring a range of events supporting local areas, such as the Pyrmont Festival of Wine Food and Art; and Main Drag on Oxford Street in association with Mardi Gras
  • Supporting the Smart Green Business program to help small to medium businesses improve their environmental sustainability and save on their operating costs
  • Providing low-cost accommodation in Oxford Street for creative industries, including object and web design, architecture, trans-media, film, visual arts, contemporary performance and music, social enterprise ventures, start-up business, literature and animation
  • Approving use of council-owned properties on William Street to provide additional creative spaces and establish an additional creative industries hub
  • Funding the removal of roller shutters on Redfern and Regent Streets through matching grants of up to $3000 and collaborated with TAFE to match visual merchandising students with retailers in the precinct
  • Sponsoring conferences that deliver business tourism such as CeBIT
  • Partnering with the NSW Government and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority to improve visitor information and tourism
  • Commencing the Floor Space and Employment Survey to monitor trends in land use, employment and building characteristics, to guide strategic planning.

Last updated: Thursday, 9 January 2014