The long, miserable night is coming to an end.

Sydney’s once vibrant nightlife economy is set for a massive lift, with councillors just days out from endorsing transformative changes to late night planning controls.

Among the proposed city-wide reforms, venue operators could be rewarded with an extra hour of trading for programming live music, a new cultural precinct would come to Alexandria, and, just maybe, 24 hour-trading in the CBD.

This coming Monday (May 13) will see councillors voting on what’s described as the biggest overhaul to planning controls for late night trading in more than a decade.

It’s the endgame in a years-long process which will create opportunities for the live industry, artists and many others, according to Jess Scully, who alongside Lord Mayor Clover Moore and the assembled Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel, has shaped the city’s action plan.

“Absolutely it’s a really big deal. It’s unlocking the potential that Sydney has to shift where and when and how our nightlife happens,” Scully tells TIO. “It’s a plan that sets the foundation for the next 10 years.”

After assembling a panel of 15 experts from across the nightlife and creative sectors, a plan was drawn up to fix the problem that Sydney’s nightlife had become. Last November, a set of late-night trading planning controls were shared in the City of Sydney’s so-called late night transformation plan.