SOME of Australia’s hottest new bands will perform live at Macquarie Park after dark under an exciting new proposal by Ryde Labor.
Council election candidates Jerome Laxale, Penny Pedersen and Bernard Purcell announced the live music idea at Macquarie Park Railway Station last Friday.
It follows the City of Ryde’s recently finalised Night Time Economy Study which was undertaken during Clr Laxale’s recent term as Mayor as supports changes to Macquarie Park’s planning controls to allow restaurants, bars and possibly – outdoor venues to host live music after dark.
“Labor’s plan will explore opportunities for street activation and infrastructure to support night time activities,” Clr Laxale said.
“We are determined to encourage night time activation in commercial zones and make Macquarie Park the Live Music Capital of Sydney’s North West.”
Although venues have yet to be determined, the Labor team describes its plan as a “cultural revolution” that could attract world class performers alongside our own leading country, classical and pop artists.
“Macquarie Park is a world class business district during the day, but a ghost town at night,” Labor candidate Bernard Purcell said.
“We want to create a new Macquarie Park where locals can live, work and play,” he said.
Candidate Penny Pedersen said the idea offers significant social and economic benefits.
“Ryde needs a fun, progressive entertainment quarter and we see Macquarie Park as the best place to achieve that,”she said.
The cost of facilitating these events could be covered by developer contributions from Macquarie Park.
Ryde Labor is the only political party campaigning for the September 9 Council elections with a comprehensive performing arts policy.
Ryde Labor candidates Penny Pedersen, Clr Jerome Laxale and Bernard Purcell discuss ideas to turn Macquarie Park into the live music heart of north west Sydney. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO