Kings Cross management
Making nights out safer
The City of Sydney has been working with the State Government to develop the Kings Cross plan of management (see Links) to improve:
- transport options late at night
- licensing and to address the saturation of licensed venues in the area
- the look and feel of public spaces.
Our aim is to make nights out safer and more enjoyable for all, and to deliver better outcomes for local residents and businesses.
We are committed to working with the State Government and other agencies to reduce alcohol and drug-related issues in the Kings Cross area.
City of Sydney actions to date
- 6 new street safety cameras were installed and 3 street safety cameras were upgraded in August 2012. These cameras are monitored 24 hours a day with the ability to provide live video feeds to Kings Cross police station.
- The entire Kings Cross area has been made an alcohol-free zone, prohibiting drinking on the street and in public spaces.
- A compliance and enforcement 'hot team' made up of licensed premises coordinators and City rangers attended more than 300 licensed venues and issued 42 warnings and/or infringement notices over summer.
- The visitor information kiosk in Springfield Plaza has extended hours on Friday and Saturday nights until 11pm.
- Our precinct ambassadors provided 8,500 incidences of service on Friday and Saturday nights during summer including information and guidance to precinct visitors.
- Temporary toilets installed at Springfield Plaza during summer kept more than 1,450 litres of urine off the streets.
- We worked with Transport for NSW to install new transport way-finding plinths to help people find late night transport options.
- Variable message signs were in 2 locations on Friday and Saturday nights during summer advising people where to find public toilets, and information about last train departure times, late-night bus stops and taxi ranks.
Separately, the NSW Government has started to evaluate applications for new licensed premises with a new tool that includes considering the impact of existing licensed premises across a specific area.
A 12-month trial of the Environmental and Venue Assessment Tool (EVAT) began in early 2013.
We know that summer can be a busier time in Kings Cross with more visitors coming to the area.
Looking forward to summer 2013/14, City staff will be working closely with the state government to deliver a package of measures in Kings Cross to ensure the effective management of the precinct during the busier summer period.
More night-time options
The City's night-time economy strategy aims to develop more diverse night-time activities that do not involve alcohol to create a safer and more balanced night-time economy, which include:
- increased opportunities for cultural attractions such as public art
- new LED lighting to brighten up public spaces
- activating hidden corners to make them feel safer and more welcoming.
Our strategies also aim to increase responsible management of late night trading premises, including patron limits, security guard requirements and appropriate trading hours. The City employs specialist licensed premises compliance officers to work with venues to ensure they operate responsibly.
Taxi rank improvements
More than 450 taxis pass through the Bayswater Road taxi rank between 9pm and 6am on Saturday nights with queues up to 50 metres long as people try to get home late at night, making it among Sydney's busiest.
The City will improve safety at the taxi rank for people trying to get home as well as making taxi drivers feel more secure about picking up passengers by installing:
- a street safety camera overlooking the taxi rank
- brighter, environmentally friendly lighting along Bayswater Road
- an illuminated sign to make the taxi rank easier to find at night.
The upgrade is being funded from a $200,000 grant from the Federal Government under its Safer Suburbs Program. The grant was made possible after the City consulted with Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Police, the NSW Taxi Council and the Kings Cross Liquor Accord. The project builds on recent work undertaken by the City and Transport for NSW that included bollards with chain links to stop people cutting into the queue and pre-paid taxi fares.
Last updated: Monday, 21 October 2013