Eastwood will soon be known as Koreatown and Harris Park will be called Little India as part of a new NSW government initiative. 21 suburbs across 8 LGAs will be given an exciting makeover into night-time hubs with an aim to inject more tourism and after-hours activity with The Uptown Grant Program. The suburbs selected will receive approximately AU$200,000 as part of the initiative.
The Uptown Grant Program
The cash injection will help the suburbs transform into trendier precincts with distinct identities in order to attract international and domestic tourists according to NSW Music and Night-time Economy Minister John Graham. Some suburbs will also receive new attractions and second names under the scheme.
Under the new program, Brookvale will be referred to as Brookvale Arts District or BAD, Kings Cross will become KXQ or King’s Cross Quarter, Paddington will become the Paddo Collective and Darlinghurst will be known as the Rainbow Precinct.
Other districts that have successfully received grants include Darlinghurst which will be revamped into Stanley Street District, Freshwater will be DuskDown and Blacktown has a working title of The Gathering — with the goal to bring “hundreds of events and artists to the area.”
Walsh Bay, Hornsby, Surry Hills, Haymarket and Balmain and Rozelle will also undergo changes.
“This is an exciting opportunity for groups of businesses and creatives in areas across Sydney who’ve laid out their visions to create well-known precincts with unique offerings for locals and visitors to enjoy,” Mr. Graham said.
Michael Rodrigues, the NSW 24-hour Economy Commissioner added that the initiative is an integral part of the government’s 24-Hour Economy Strategy.
“With an Uptown Grant, districts can bring their visions to life and deliver brilliant experiences that celebrate what’s best about their community,” Mr. Rodrigues said.
Read all about the program and the changes coming to the 21 suburbs on the Investment NSW website.