EVENT: QLD Lockout Laws: The Importance Of Nightlife In Creating Vibrant Cities


 Brisbane has often been seen as sitting in the shadows of it’s bigger siblings Sydney and Melbourne when it comes to culture and vibrancy in its nightlife offerings. However, over the past few years, we’ve seen a substantial increase in urban activation, buzzing bars, world class restaurants and the arts added to our streets.

When the sun goes down and the lights come on, a whole new sector of our economy comes to life. The night time economy is estimated to be worth more than $10 billion in Queensland and is vital to our status as the Tourism State. There are over 7200 licensed venues in Queensland, and they are all interconnected in a complex ecosystem of entertainment experiences.

So how will all of this be affected by the newly introduced Lockout Laws?

The Urban Developer, in association with

Hutchinson Builders is pleased to invite you to our first CurioCity event ‘QLD Lockout Laws: The Importance of Nightlife in Creating Vibrant Cities’.

The event will include a comprehensive and sensible discussion with some of Queensland’s biggest influencers, decision makers and key voices focused on;

  • How will the Lockout Laws affect our reputation as a “new world city”?
  • How will the recent Lockout changes affect venue operators and small businesses?
  • What impact do thriving nightlife precincts have upon the fabric of our cities?
  • Will the 2018 review of the lock-out laws mean that it is likely to be repealed?
  • Sydney case studies

If you would like to stand up with us against the lock out laws, please email The Urban Developer to find out more on how to support and sponsor the event.

Who are The Speakers?

Cr. Vicki Howard / Councillor for Central Ward
Vicki has been the local Councillor for Central Ward since 2012 and has lived in the inner city for more than 15 years.

Since being elected in 2012, Vicki has used every opportunity possible to stand up for the Central Ward community.

Committed to building the local economy and creating jobs, Vicki has been a director of the Valley Chamber of Commerce for nearly a decade and assists many small businesses and start-up enterprises – particularly in the entertainment and hospitality industries.

Vicki is firm believer in a more diverse and inclusive City, and enthusiastically supports the vibrant evening and late night economy in Central Ward.

Scott Hutchinson / Hutchinson Builders
Scott Hutchinson has been Chairman of Hutchinson Builders since 2001. Hutchinson Builders is Queensland’s largest privately owned building company – established 1912. Scott initially took on the role of Managing Director when father, Jack Hutchinson, handed him the reins of the company in 1991. He has worked in all areas of construction including estimating, administration, accounts and marketing.

Scott has been responsible for expanding Hutchinson Builders significantly since stepping into the business, firstly as Managing Director and then as Chairman in 2002. Scott’s specialist expertise in creative construction, mezzanine and turnkey financial arrangements has helped grow the company’s turnover from $6M to $1.5B.

Scott is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Building and a Registered Practicing Engineer. He is a Board Member of the QMusic Association and is on the Qld Arts Investment Advisory Board.

Nick Braban / Our Nightlife QLD
Nick Braban is a venue operator, project and business manager, industry representative and company director. Nick has owned and operated venues in Brisbane, Queensland for over 10 years. This includes managing the GPO Hotel, The Wickham Hotel, and owning and operating Barsoma. He currently consults to a number of venues in Brisbane.

In 2009 Nick was elected Secretary of the Valley Liquor Accord, the peak industry body for Fortitude Valley Licensees. In 2010 Nick was elected Chairman of this organization and has been in this role to this day.

In 2013 Nick was asked to join the board of Chaplainwatch, an independent Brisbane based charity which focuses on public safety in public spaces.

In late 2014, Nick was elected President of the Fortitude Valley Safe Night Precinct Association, and currently acts as the Secretary/Manager for this organisation. The SNP association is responsible for managing all key stakeholders in the Valley Precinct.

In 2015 Nick helped form and continues to manage Our Nightlife Queensland, a peak body for night-time industries in this state. ONQ has been active in policy work around the night time economy, with a focus on economic and policy development to grow this important sector.

Joel Edmondson / QMUSIC
Joel is a Brisbane-bred musician engaged in a life-long exploration of the role music can play in meaningful social, economic, political and spiritual change.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Griffith University, Joel was awarded the Scotland Scholarship by the British Council. He completed his Masters in Music in the Community at the University of Edinburgh. During this time he won numerous awards for his design of innovative musical instruments for children with developmental disorders.

In recent years, Joel has further developed his skills as a creative change facilitator, implementing strategic reform across the not-for-profit and local government sectors. Joel was also a founding director of the Red Hill DIY venue Hangar, and its artist-run label, LoFly Records. He joined QMusic as the Executive Officer in January 2015.

Alastair Leighton / AECOM
As an Associate Director in the Brisbane studio Alastair leads the design team in Queensland, having moved from the UK at the end of 2010. Over a period of fifteen years (plus an additional six in other professional roles) he has amassed extensive experience of a broad range of projects, including large multi-disciplinary schemes and strategic developments.

Alastair has extensive advocacy experience on behalf of a wide range of private and public sector clients and works to advance community health and wellbeing through collaboration and integrated investment.

He works across the disciplines of strategic visioning, master planning, urban design and landscape architecture. His experience ranges from high level visioning and concept stages through to the detailed design and delivery of complex urban schemes, integrated infrastructure, visitor destinations, health projects and campus environments. He has led integrated design teams for a number of significant landmark projects. His experience includes integrated way-finding, branding, identity and urban design, associated with transit infrastructure, visitor destinations and major projects.

Alastair also chairs the Valley safety Group, as part of activity within the Valley Chamber of Commerce. His advocacy role on behalf of the VCC includes promotion of the Valley Vision 2016, supported by AECOM.


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