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Innovative uses of land, air and water for staging events are increasingly encouraged by various bodies at all levels of government to support cities and urban development policies. In some cities, the outcome is a continual stream of events, some highly mobile, with novel locations and with times and duration designed to maximise outcomes. But event regulation is confused, uncertain and lacking in transparency. Much is known about how to run events, yet scholarly literature is scarce on their regulation and the efficacy of the related local government process. The aim of this paper is to address the research gap by investigating the regulation of temporary land uses for public, commercial and private events using a case study of local government event regulation in the NSW Hunter Valley. This qualitative research interprets primary data from interviews of government legislators, local government event assessors and event organisers and uses secondary data from government legislation, policy and procedure documents, reports and practice notes. Cultural-historical activity theory(CHAT) is used to collect and analyse data to find patterns, draw meaning and make inferences about the event regulation process. Preliminary results have identified tensions among bureaucratic and neoliberal principles, inadequate rules, jurisdictional overlap and lack of transparency of process, leading to perceived issues of bias, uncertainty and individual “rules”. This research can help improve event regulation processes by making transparent the rules, tools, values and outcomes applied and promoted by local governments to allow events. Key wordstemporary use; events; local government; land use regulation; cultural-historical activity theory;

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