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Sydney Summer Streets to bring village high streets alive

The council of the City of Sydney (CoS) is working with local businesses to transform village high streets into spaces for walking, shopping and dining in January and February 2022.

Sydney Summer Streets will feature one-day events and road closures to enable residents and businesses to reconnect, celebrate and use the street as a shared community space.

Proposed dates, locations and times are:

High Street Date Time
Stanley Street, East Sydney (between Young Street and Crown Street) Saturday January 15 11am – 10pm
Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross (between Bayswater Road and Hughes Street) Saturday January 22 11am – 10pm
Redfern Street, Redfern (between Regent Street and Chalmers Street) Sunday January 23 11am – 9pm
Crown Street, Surry Hills (between Cleveland Street and Foveaux Street) Sunday February 6 11am – 9pm
Glebe Point Road, Glebe (between Parramatta Road and St Johns Road) Saturday February 12 11am – 10pm
Harris Street, Pyrmont (between Bridge Street and Union Street) Saturday February 19 11am – 10pm
Green Square plaza Saturday February 19 from 6pm

[special evening event only]

CoS will be providing roving entertainment (music) from 11am – 9pm and create areas for people to linger and rest. Businesses will offer outdoor dining and retail displays.

The Summer Streets events on Crown Street and Darlinghurst Road are proudly funded by the NSW Government’s The Festival of Place.

Summer Streets is part of a $12 million recovery plan to help business and communities adapt and thrive in the face of the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic, with similar events planned throughout the year.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Summer Streets is a natural extension of the outdoor dining program that has been in place since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Waiving footpath dining fees was one of the first things we did when the pandemic hit Sydney. We wanted to relieve financial strain where we could, and help businesses operate under the social distancing requirements.

“Almost two years later, expanding outdoor dining remains an essential part of what we’re doing to support business through these challenging times. People want to get out of the house and enjoy what Sydney has to offer, safely. We’re now closing off entire streets and hope the extra space will give people a safe way to support local businesses and re-engage with their community.

“Given the ongoing spread of the Omicron variant, people still need to exercise caution and follow health guidance – stay home if you’re unwell, wear a mask and ensure you practise safe distancing. There will certainly be many more opportunities to come back into the city and enjoy everything on offer as we work closely with local businesses to recover post-Covid.”

Save the date for your village to be part of the fun and to support local businesses in these tough times.

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For more information about Summer Streets, visit https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/business-support-funding/join-us-sydney-summer-streets

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