NSW Premier Mike Baird will announce changes to Sydney’s lockout laws this morning, the Daily Telegraph report.
Both the Tele and Channel 9 political journalist Chris O’Keefe report that Baird will today announce that lockout times in the Sydney CBD will be pushed back from 1.30am to 2am and that the last drinks laws will be pushed back from 3am to 3.30am, providing the venue in question provides “live entertainment”. The statewide curfew on the sale of takeaway alcohol will be moved from 10pm to 11pm.
Cabinet has signed off on lockout changes. Closing times moved from 3-3.30am and lockout from 1.30am- 2. Takeaway alcohol to 11. @9NewsSyd
— Chris O’Keefe (@cokeefe9) December 7, 2016
The legislation changes are in line with the recommendations of QC Ian Callinan’s review into lockouts, who advised the NSW Government to relax the laws by 30 minutes in September.
Earlier this year community group Keep Sydney Open said a 30-minute reprieve isn’t the change they’ve been fighting for. “Pushing back the lockouts by half an hour will do little to help small businesses, the music scene or reinvigorate our dying inner-city precincts,” they posted on Facebook. “It’s an unacceptable result that shows how oblivious the Premier is to how cities and culture operate.”
We’ll bring further updates as they come.