• Timeline item 1 - complete

    DPE Explanation of Intended Effects public exhibition

    Businesses and residents notified of the proposals. Initial consultation undertaken

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Trial Special Entertainment Precinct

    Special Entertainment Precinct conditions trialled along Enmore Road. Community feedback collected during trial

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Evaluation of trial period

    Analysis of community and business views on the success of the trial period

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Follow-up engagement

    Additional engagement undertaken with key stakeholders: local businesses and neighbours

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Report to Council

    Council decision on whether the Precinct should be made permanent

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    DPE Gateway determination

    DPE consideration of Planning Proposal

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Planning proposal public exhibition

    Capture any remaining community concerns prior to finalisation of planning proposal

Initial consultation

10 June - 8 July 2022

Creating a Special Entertainment Precinct along Enmore Road is an acknowledgement of its status as one of Australia’s premier entertainment and hospitality destinations - a status we want to protect while being mindful about neighbourhood liveability.

The proposal draws on recently legislated changes to the State Planning laws which allow Councils to:

  • designate Entertainment Precincts
  • make neighbourhood specific plans for entertainment sound regulation

The proposed changes, outlined in an Explanation of Intended Effect, were on exhibition from 10 June - 8 July 2022.

The NSW Government will use findings from the trial to finalise draft Guidelines to help councils establish and operate a special entertainment precinct.

Trial period

1 September - 30 November 2022

An initial trial ran from 1 September - 30 November to test the measures in place under the draft Precinct Management Plan.

These measures included:

  • New compliance procedures
  • Fixed sound criteria for commercial premises
  • The roles and responsibilities of stakeholders

Residents, businesses and the wider community were able to provide feedback on their experiences through an online survey.

Click to read the draft Precinct Management Plan.

Extension of trial conditions

1 December 2022 - 31 July 2023

Council commenced an evaluation period following the three-month trial.

During this evaluation period Council reviewed results from the online survey. Local residents, businesses and key stakeholders were invited to provide additional feedback on their experience during the trial.

During the three-month trial period, Council received high levels of support from the community for making the Enmore Special Entertainment Precinct permanent.

As a result of this community support the conditions that applied during the initial three-month trial continue to apply during the evaluation period.

The following conditions apply during the evaluation period:

  • Premises that host live entertainment to operate for an additional 30 minutes beyond the time specified on their development consent.
    Note: licenced premises will need to comply with their liquor licence conditions – please visit Liquor and Gaming’s Special Entertainment Precinct web page for further information.
  • Footpath dining until 11 pm for any premises with a valid footpath dining licence.
  • Fixed level sound criteria contained within Section 8 of the draft Precinct Management Plan.

Follow-up survey

3 - 23 February 2023

Additional engagement was undertaken specifically targeting local residents and businesses.

Letters inviting these stakeholders to complete the follow-up survey were hand-delivered to each business and resident on and within a few blocks of Enmore Road. Letters were also sent to owners of residential properties that live elsewhere.

A follow-up email was sent to Enmore Road businesses due to a low initial response rate.