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Lockout laws: a defence

Opinion by Andrew Woodhouse When the 2014 lockout laws were introduced, Kings Cross residents hoped they’d get their streets back and the night-time economy would cease butchering the daytime economy. The legal amendments were introduced by the O’Farrell government to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence; all other measures having failed. Teenager Daniel Christie died in January 2014, […]

Grand Reopening?

As tourists and locals alike flock to the inner city to take in the delights of Vivid Sydney’s night economy appears to be vibrant and thriving. However, come into the city at any other time of year and you realise that this is actually far from the case. In order to reinvigorate the late night […]

Exemption to party party party

BY MICHAEL HITCH The Mardi Gras parade represents diversity, equality, love… and being permitted to enter a licensed premise after 1:30am. Yes, you did read that right! Sydney-siders, tourists and gays everywhere can rejoice as the NSW Government will once again lift its controversial lockout laws for the Mardi Gras parade following the success of […]

Labor promises to revive live music

by Sarah McLenaghan The recommendations from the parliamentary inquiry into the music and arts economy in NSW promises a revival of the struggling sector. Since the release of the inquiry’s final report, NSW Labor has committed to implementing a number of its key findings. Keep Sydney Open coordinator, Tyson Koh, was among industry representatives who […]

New parties shake and bake

  By Erika Echternach Two new NSW political parties are hoping to pressure the State Government into addressing concerns impacting small businesses and Sydney nightlife.   The Small Business Party and the Keep Sydney Open Party have recently registered in NSW.    The Small Business Party was kick started by Angela Vithoulkas, who already serves on […]

Mardi Gras rolls lockout

BY JADE MORELLINI To mark the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras on the evening of Saturday March 3rd, State Premier Gladys Berejiklian has agreed to relax lockout laws along Oxford Street. Councillor Christine Forster was instrumental in seeing the lockout laws relaxed and believes that reducing lockout will have an enormous positive impact on the […]

Sydney’s last gasp nightlife

BY JOSH KINDL The City of Sydney has awarded a number of Sydney businesses grants worth a total of $360,000. Eighteen businesses will benefit from the grants, which have been awarded by The City in an effort to boost Sydney’s nightlife activity, as the controversial Lockout Laws continue to stymie inner-city trading. Artist and manager […]