Cultural and creative industries have been the bedrock of the Newtown Precinct for over 150 years. Their presence is a clear signal that the atmosphere is vibrant, open and tolerant.
Leisure management, creative industries and cultural tourism are sectors of exceptional growth in today’s economy. Newtown Precinct is well populated with cultural producers – event managers, photographers, film makers, actors, writers, animators, architects, artists, designers; and cultural consumers – those of us who buy their product – devouring films, plays, musical performance, and street life; attending galleries, festivals and exhibitions.
In the last decade it has been acknowledged world-wide that a successful contemporary society is where one cultural diversity leads to social inclusion, where public spaces and events draw people together, and where creative industries result in positive economic output which is of great importance when other traditional sectors may be failing or transitioning.
The creative economy in the Newtown Precinct makes a significant secondary employment impact on demand for other services such as accommodation, restaurants and cafes, transportation and retail. Creatives are often working to international time zones so keep the retail street humming during the day when they take a break. Those relaxed folk you see having a coffee at 11am on a Monday have probably worked all night.
Some of this industry is on Newtown’s mainstreets – much of it is on the backstreets in warehouses, flour mills and homes. This is why the Creative Quarters have been identified in the areas dissected by the major retail neighbourhoods of North King Street, South King Street, Enmore Road and Erskineville Road. The quarters are named for significant local stories or markers.
Liberty – a street named for the diversion route created to avoid paying the threepenny toll for users of Cooks River Road (now King Street)
Victoria – includes Victoria Park and acknowledges the significant Victorian architecture in the precinct.
Edgeware – is named for the street at the western boundary of the precinct, originally named after a road in London.
Devine – an ‘innovative’ first fleeter who received a land grant equal to most of this quarter in the 1790’s (85 hectares or 210 acres).
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