Summer in Sydney's CBD could feature outdoor dining and pop-up entertainment stages as part of the NSW's government plan to revitalise the coronavirus-battered economy.
The $20 million plan was on Friday announced by the NSW government and the City of Sydney Council
Pop-up entertainment stages, outdoor dining areas and better opening hours for cultural attractions are among the initiatives hoped to revitalise the Sydney CBD.
"The pandemic forced the CBD into a COVID hibernation and it's vital we revive our use of the city for work and pleasure, to keep people in jobs and businesses in business," NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said in a statement.
"This summer will be a testing time for many businesses but this funding will help breath life back into the city and get our economy moving again."
The state government has committed $15 million, and the City of Sydney another $5 million, to help businesses in the city get back on their feet.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said she hopes the funding will transform Sydney in the long term too.
"The city and the NSW government are working together on a shared vision for transforming Sydney into a 24-hour alfresco city over summer and beyond," Ms Moore said.
More flexible public transport options, government-funded live music performances and an advertising campaign are also among the proposals being considered.