Brookvale is B.A.D
The state's inaugural NSW 24-hour Economy Commissioner, Mike Rodriguez, toured Brookvale this week with members of the ‘Brookvale Arts District’ and James Griffin MP to meet local business owners and learn more about the burgeoning live music, brewery and arts scene in Brookvale.
The walking tour, organised by ‘Brookvale Arts District’ (BAD) included Bucketty’s, 4 Pines Truckbar, 7th Day Brewer and live music venues The Plant Room, and Label Nightclub.
Member for Manly James Griffin MP, said the pandemic has presented a unique opportunity to re-think how local centres like Manly and Brookvale are supported to reinvigorate businesses and the art and music scene that fill their streets.
“Brookvale has a proud history and bright future. It has a mix of businesses and venues that will soon rival the best industrial arts and music precincts in the world.” said Mr Griffin.
Mr Griffin said, “People no longer have to travel to the City to enjoy a top tier night out or experience some of the best live music in Australia. Between Manly and Brookvale, we have it covered. It’s time to redouble our efforts to support Brookvale”.
Mr John Meredith, President of Brookvale Arts District said “Our vision for Brookvale is a creativity, innovation and entertainment hub of global relevance and right now we not only have the heritage and the assets, we also have the political will to make it happen”.
Building a vibrant and strong 24-hour economy will need to be a collaborative and coordinated effort between the NSW Government, local councils, industry and communities.
The NSW 24 Hour Economy strategy lays out a unified vision that will transform Greater Sydney into a 24-hour economy centre that is vibrant, diverse, inclusive and safe.
James Griffin said it is encouraging to see so many local Brookvale businesses engage with the Brookvale Arts District (BAD) to collaborate and drive awareness of the support needed to take Brookvale to the next level. BAD envisions Brookvale as a creativity, innovation and entertainment hub of global relevance.
“This is a unique opportunity for Brookvale to become an international example of urban regeneration done right” said Lara Allport, Vice President of Brookvale Arts District.
The Member for Manly has committed to working with BAD, the Northern Beaches Council and the 24 Hour Economy Commissioner to support a vision for Brookvale that encourages the diversification of night-time activities by supporting a wider variety of businesses at night and unlock the potential and grow jobs of the Brookvale area.
The Brookvale arts precinct complements the broader work undertaken by the Manly Tourism Economic Recovery Taskforce to enhance and improve tourism spending in Manly and beyond.