Citizens' Jury - How can we ensure we have a vibrant and safe Sydney nightlife?

In early 2014, a Citizens' Jury made up of 43 people randomly selected from the Sydney community was asked to consider the important question:

How can we ensure we have a vibrant and safe Sydney nightlife?

The Jury met for 5 days over a 3 month period to consider this question in detail, engage in deliberations and produce recommendations. The Lord Mayor has committed to take the Jury's  recommendations to Council and respond. The NSW Premier has committed to table the recommendations in Parliament unedited.


In early 2014, a Citizens' Jury made up of 43 people randomly selected from the Sydney community was asked to consider the important question:

How can we ensure we have a vibrant and safe Sydney nightlife?

The Jury met for 5 days over a 3 month period to consider this question in detail, engage in deliberations and produce recommendations. The Lord Mayor has committed to take the Jury's  recommendations to Council and respond. The NSW Premier has committed to table the recommendations in Parliament unedited.


News

  • NSW Government Responds to the Citizens' Jury

    almost 2 years ago
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    The NSW Government has responded to the recommendations of the Citizens' Jury on how to create a vibrant and safe nightlife in Sydney.

    For more details on the response and to view the discussion of the Jury's report in the NSW Parliament see the New Democracy Foundation's website.

    The NSW Government has responded to the recommendations of the Citizens' Jury on how to create a vibrant and safe nightlife in Sydney.

    For more details on the response and to view the discussion of the Jury's report in the NSW Parliament see the New Democracy Foundation's website.

  • Citizens' Jury presents 25 recommendations

    about 2 years ago
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    The Citizens' Jury presented their report detailing 25 recommendations on how we can ensure we have a vibrant and safe Sydney nightlife during a public ceremony at Customs House last night.

    The Jury's recommendations fall under five broader themes:

    1. Diversity

    2. Transport

    3. Policing and Safety

    4. Education and Media

    5. Lockouts and Licensing

    Jury members presented the report to Lord Mayor Clover Moore and outlined their recommendations at a ceremony attended by members of the public, media, families and friends.

    The report will be tabled in the NSW Parliament and reported to the City of Sydney Council. The Jury hopes the NSW Government and the City of Sydney will adopt their recommendations and are confident they will enhance and strengthen a safe and vibrant Sydney nightlife.

    The Citizens' Jury presented their report detailing 25 recommendations on how we can ensure we have a vibrant and safe Sydney nightlife during a public ceremony at Customs House last night.

    The Jury's recommendations fall under five broader themes:

    1. Diversity

    2. Transport

    3. Policing and Safety

    4. Education and Media

    5. Lockouts and Licensing

    Jury members presented the report to Lord Mayor Clover Moore and outlined their recommendations at a ceremony attended by members of the public, media, families and friends.

    The report will be tabled in the NSW Parliament and reported to the City of Sydney Council. The Jury hopes the NSW Government and the City of Sydney will adopt their recommendations and are confident they will enhance and strengthen a safe and vibrant Sydney nightlife.

  • Citizens' Jury in deliberation

    about 2 years ago
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    After six weeks reading submissions from the community and hearing from a variety of experts, the Citizens' Jury is now deliberating on the question - How do we ensure a vibrant and safe Sydney nightlife?  

    This Saturday's session will be closed to the public as the jury finalises their report. Their report, including recommendations, will be made public at an event hosted by the Lord Mayor, Clover Moore at Customs House on 9 April at 7pm. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

     

    After six weeks reading submissions from the community and hearing from a variety of experts, the Citizens' Jury is now deliberating on the question - How do we ensure a vibrant and safe Sydney nightlife?  

    This Saturday's session will be closed to the public as the jury finalises their report. Their report, including recommendations, will be made public at an event hosted by the Lord Mayor, Clover Moore at Customs House on 9 April at 7pm. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

     

  • Citizens' Jury: Day Three

    over 2 years ago
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    We invite you to observe the next Jury meeting on Saturday 8 March at Novotel Darling Harbour, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont from 9:30am - 4:30pm. 

    RSVP: sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au(External link)

    During this session, the Jury will participate in an interactive technical panel featuring:

    • Rodger Watson, Deputy Director of Designing Out Crime Research Centre, UTS;
    • Mark Walton, NSW Police Superintendent Commander, City of Sydney Local Area Command;
    • Danielle Matsuo, Director Sex and Violent Offender Therapeutic Programs for the NSW Department of Corrective Services;
    • Dr Garry Glazebrook, Transport Economist and Urban Planner; and 
    • John Wall, Festival Director, Fuzzy (HarbourLife, Field Day, Shore Thing).

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    We invite you to observe the next Jury meeting on Saturday 8 March at Novotel Darling Harbour, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont from 9:30am - 4:30pm. 

    RSVP: sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au(External link)

    During this session, the Jury will participate in an interactive technical panel featuring:

    • Rodger Watson, Deputy Director of Designing Out Crime Research Centre, UTS;
    • Mark Walton, NSW Police Superintendent Commander, City of Sydney Local Area Command;
    • Danielle Matsuo, Director Sex and Violent Offender Therapeutic Programs for the NSW Department of Corrective Services;
    • Dr Garry Glazebrook, Transport Economist and Urban Planner; and 
    • John Wall, Festival Director, Fuzzy (HarbourLife, Field Day, Shore Thing).

    In the afternoon session Paul Newson, Executive Director, Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing, will deliver a technical presentation on behalf of the Hon. George Souris, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for the Hunter.

  • Citizens' Jury: Day Two and Sydney Nightlife Tour

    over 2 years ago
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    We invite you to observe the next Jury meeting on Saturday 22 February at Novotel Darling Harbour, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont from 9:30am - 4:30pm.

    RSVP: sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

    During this session, Jackie Fitzgerald (NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research) and Dr Peter Aquilina (Australian Medical Association) will present to the Jury.

    This meeting follows the juror's tour of Sydney’s nightlife hotspots on 15 February. The Jury visited St Vincent’s Hospital to speak with Doctor Gordian Fulde, Director of the Emergency Department. They also visited King Street in Newtown, Crown Street Surry Hills, George Street... Continue reading

    We invite you to observe the next Jury meeting on Saturday 22 February at Novotel Darling Harbour, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont from 9:30am - 4:30pm.

    RSVP: sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

    During this session, Jackie Fitzgerald (NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research) and Dr Peter Aquilina (Australian Medical Association) will present to the Jury.

    This meeting follows the juror's tour of Sydney’s nightlife hotspots on 15 February. The Jury visited St Vincent’s Hospital to speak with Doctor Gordian Fulde, Director of the Emergency Department. They also visited King Street in Newtown, Crown Street Surry Hills, George Street and finally Kings Cross at 3am.


  • Citizens' Jury: Day One

    over 2 years ago
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    The Citizens' Jury met for the first time on Saturday February 1 in the Vestibule of the Sydney Town Hall.

    A full contingent of jurors spent a successful day getting to know one another and defining the terms of their charge - how can we ensure we have a vibrant and safe Sydney nightlife? 

    The Jury heard presentations from Mandy Young from the Office of the Premier and Suzie Matthews, the City's Manager City Business and Safety.

    Jurors also had the opportunity to ask both speakers questions to broaden their understanding of the issues at play. You can listen to... Continue reading

    The Citizens' Jury met for the first time on Saturday February 1 in the Vestibule of the Sydney Town Hall.

    A full contingent of jurors spent a successful day getting to know one another and defining the terms of their charge - how can we ensure we have a vibrant and safe Sydney nightlife? 

    The Jury heard presentations from Mandy Young from the Office of the Premier and Suzie Matthews, the City's Manager City Business and Safety.

    Jurors also had the opportunity to ask both speakers questions to broaden their understanding of the issues at play. You can listen to Suzie's presentation as well as the question and answer session that followed here

    You are welcome to observe the next Jury meeting on Saturday 22 February at Novotel Darling Harbour, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont from 9:30am - 4:30pm. 

    Please RSVP at sydneyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au with the subject line 'Citizens' Jury: Observer' and include your details and when you wish to attend. Places are limited.


  • Observe the Citizens' Jury Proceedings

    over 2 years ago

    The Citizens' Jury will meet for the second time on Saturday 22 February at Novotel Darling Harbour, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont from 9:30am - 4:30pm. 

    We are inviting members of the community to attend as observers. 

    Places are limited so if you would like to attend please register your interest by emailing sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au with the subject line 'Citizens' Jury: Observer' and include your details and when you wish to attend.

    The Citizens' Jury will meet for the second time on Saturday 22 February at Novotel Darling Harbour, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont from 9:30am - 4:30pm. 

    We are inviting members of the community to attend as observers. 

    Places are limited so if you would like to attend please register your interest by emailing sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au with the subject line 'Citizens' Jury: Observer' and include your details and when you wish to attend.

  • Call for submissions

    over 2 years ago
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    The newDemocracy Foundation is now calling for submissions from organisations, community members and stakeholder groups to the Citizens' Jury.

    What: Your submissions will form the starting point of  information considered by the Jury. What do you think they should consider as they weigh-up their decision? What should an informed citizen take the time to read and understand? What is your position on the question they have been asked to address?

    You may provide people with research you think they should read, examples of approaches from other locations, or even questions you think they should ask of other experts.

    The Citizens’ Jury... Continue reading

    The newDemocracy Foundation is now calling for submissions from organisations, community members and stakeholder groups to the Citizens' Jury.

    What: Your submissions will form the starting point of  information considered by the Jury. What do you think they should consider as they weigh-up their decision? What should an informed citizen take the time to read and understand? What is your position on the question they have been asked to address?

    You may provide people with research you think they should read, examples of approaches from other locations, or even questions you think they should ask of other experts.

    The Citizens’ Jury is a non-expert group, but given an important reason to read detailed information, people are willing to read quite specific and technical information. A short executive summary is always helpful, but feel free to include detailed reference documents.

    The newDemocracy Foundation will not edit or place limits on the information provided to the jury. It falls to you to make your case as you see fit. The jury may ask to hear for more information from some of you who submit. This is in their hands, and newDemocracy will not play a role in selecting speakers.

    How: Submissions should be lodged via email to SydneyCitizensJury@newdemocracy.com.au.  

    When:The initial period for lodging submissions has concluded, however, if you would still like to make a submission or have any other questions please contact Iain Walker on 0467 066 185 or via email at iain.walker@newdemocracy.com.au 

    Confidentiality: Submissions made by individuals will have contact phone numbers and identifying address details redacted (obscured). The documents will otherwise be made public in their entirety.


  • New approach to late night violence in Sydney

    over 2 years ago
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    The City of Sydney has formally commissioned an innovative new approach to stop alcohol related violence and make our city safer and more welcoming late at night.

    The Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation will team up with the
    independent, non-partisan research organisation newDemocracy Foundation to develop a new approach to solving the impasse.

    A Citizens’ Policy Jury of 43 participants, made up of randomly selected people not affiliated with any political parties, lobbyists or interest groups, will be convened for approximately three months.

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore said improving late night safety would take a new approach to managing the often... Continue reading

    The City of Sydney has formally commissioned an innovative new approach to stop alcohol related violence and make our city safer and more welcoming late at night.

    The Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation will team up with the
    independent, non-partisan research organisation newDemocracy Foundation to develop a new approach to solving the impasse.

    A Citizens’ Policy Jury of 43 participants, made up of randomly selected people not affiliated with any political parties, lobbyists or interest groups, will be convened for approximately three months.

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore said improving late night safety would take a new approach to managing the often conflicting interests of community groups, the media and powerful lobbyists.

    “We all want a thriving and diverse night time economy for Sydney that doesn’t include violent, anti-social behaviour,” the Lord Mayor said.

    “This project aims to balance community safety and personal freedom, and deliver real and meaningful action for a safer late night culture.

    “The City is already working in partnership with the NSW Government to tackle the issue of late night violence in our city and while there have been some important improvements, more needs to be done.”

    The Jury will be asked to come up with at least five recommendations
    to ensure we have a vibrant and safe Sydney nightlife.

    Expert groups, interest groups, community groups and lobbyists will be invited to make their case, but the extent of their role will be in the hands of the randomly selected citizens – not organisers, facilitators, the City of Sydney or the NSW Government.

    “On this issue, Councils and Government can find themselves in the no-win position of being seen as either ‘the nanny state’ or‘failing to protect our children’,” said newDemocracy Foundation executive director Iain Walker.

    “By asking everyday people to use their judgment to find common ground after being informed by experts of their own choosing, we expect to produce a set of useful recommendations which the public trust as they’re being made by people like them.”

    The City has committed to consider and respond to each recommendation of the Jury. The Premier has agreed that the recommendations of the Jury will be taken to Parliament unaltered and unedited.

    The expected total cost of the project is $132,200. Primary funding will be shared equally by the City of Sydney and the NSW Government at $60,000. The remaining funding is provided from a donation made
    to the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation.

    The City will also provide meeting rooms and access to research conducted while developing the OPEN Sydney strategy.

    The Jury will meet for five face-to-face meetings, complemented by an ongoing private discussion and an online library. It is expected the Jury will be convened early 2014. The project is based on a similar process delivered for South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.

    “I hadn’t appreciated just how politically complex this issue is. I just want a jury of people to really look at what is happening and for there to be a sensible and informed conversation which government listens to,” Founding Director of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, Ralph Kelly, said.

    “We don’t know what the outcome will be, but I think a
    Citizens Jury is a way to get beyond the simple back and forth between lobbies which goes nowhere. The Lord Mayor and the Premier have made this possible in Sydney for the first time.”