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City turns up the volume

BY ALEX EUGENE New businesses, including residential developments, will be responsible for planning modifications to assist with noise management, if a proposed ‘Agent of Change’ regulation is accepted by City of Sydney Council. A recommendation will be made for the council to add the regulation to the City’s Night Time Economy policy at its next […]

Lockout laws loosened on select Sydney venues

BY CHARLI SHIELD Sydneysiders tired of having their nightlife curtailed by the 2014 lockout laws have marked a small victory thanks to the half hour extension granted to select venues in the city’s centre. Sydney’s Burdekin Hotel is the most recent venue to confirm an exemption from the controversial lockouts since the Baird Government’s relaxation […]

Taylor Square News Agency falls victim to lock outs

BY ALEXANDER LEWIS There is bad news for partygoers seeking to stock up on smokes and Coke in the wee hours, as Taylor Square’s oldest news agency becomes the latest collateral casualty of lockouts. The 24-hour purveyor of darts, deakfast and magazines closed last Saturday September 26, after 83 years of operation by the same […]

Lockout laws liquidate La Cita

BY CASSANDRA MORGAN The owners of Darling Harbour’s renowned La Cita restaurant have blamed the NSW lockout laws for the club’s recent closure. The 1.30am lockouts and 3am ‘last drinks’ imposed within the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct are blamed for La Cita’s “radical drop in business turnover”. On June 25, La Cita Latin Restaurant, Bar […]

Sydney’s parties continue to go residential

By Emily Contador-Kelsall While Sydney’s lockout laws have curbed the alcohol-fuelled violence they were set out to fix, less popular impacts are also being felt across Sydney’s CBD and inner west. Oxford Street, famous for its LGBTI venues, has experienced a downturn since the implementation of the lockout laws as late night revellers turn their […]

Sydney’s nightlife moves local

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   As Sydney’s nightlife continues to move out of the CBD, its controversial lockout laws received a lift last week after the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) revealed a significant drop in violence across the CBD and Kings Cross area. While BOCSAR has cemented the positive impacts of the laws […]

Lockout laws killing Oxford Street’s heritage hotels

By James Elton-Pym Small pubs and bars along Oxford Street have been hit hard by the NSW government’s controversial lockout laws, local business owners have reported. The legislation was introduced in February last year to curb alcohol-fuelled violence and are now in effect across entertainment precincts in parts of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, The Rocks and […]

Violence on the rise at the Star

By Tang Li   Alcohol-related violence at the Star Casino has doubled since the introduction of the controversial lockout laws in February 2014. The rise in late-night assaults followed the decision to exclude two major entertainment venues from the lockout zone – Star Casino in Pyrmont and Crown Sydney in Barangaroo. While the casino pulled […]

Lockout laws eased for New Year’s Eve

Sydney’s infamous lockout laws have again been thrust into the spotlight with the decision for aspects of them to have been lifted for the New Year’s Eve celebrations across the city. The 1.30am lockout was pushed to 3am and passengers were allowed to disembark ships after the usual midnight cut-off. A spokesperson for the Deputy […]

Lockout laws: tough on crime, bad for business

Despite reports of a considerable drop in the rate of violent crime in Kings Cross, business owners are calling for an immediate review of the state government's lockout laws. NSW Police released figures this week indicating that violent offences committed inside licensed premises located in Kings Cross had fallen by 30.5 per cent during the […]