Have your say on the future of Oxford St

Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. File photo.

The City of Sydney Council is calling on members of the public to put forward ideas on the future of Oxford Street, in a bid to revitalise the iconic strip. 

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was exploring planning changes to rejuvenate the area. 

“We’re currently investigating planning changes to breathe new life into the famous strip and secure the area’s creative and cultural future,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It’s of our great and best known streets and we’re committed to building on its reputation as an iconic gay and lesbian precinct, and a centre of buzzing activity both day and night.

“We want to know what you think Oxford Street and surrounds should look and feel like – and how we can help support more cultural, creative, entertainment and late-night activities,” she said. 

The street, which runs along a ridge line to the CBD’s south-east, follows the route of an ancient walking track used by the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.

In recent decades, it’s been known as the unofficial ‘main street of LGBT Australia’, and is home to the world-famous annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. However the lockout laws of recent years have dramatically affected the area, particularly impacting the nighttime economy. 

The lockouts, which commenced on February 2014, were removed from Oxford Street – and all parts of Sydney except Kings Cross – in January this year.

In March, the street was identified as a focal point for a wider creative and cultural precinct in a City of Sydney planning document called City Plan 2036

A public consultation period on the street’s future commenced last Tuesday and continues until Tuesday, 3 November.

There are several options to give feedback, including completing an online survey or emailing sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

For more information, visit www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/policy-planning-changes/planning-changes-oxford-street-cultural-creative-precinct.

A City of Sydney spokesperson said all feedback would be considered and that new planning rules for Oxford Street would go on public exhibition in 2021. 

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