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Sydney ' s struggling nightlife will finally get a much needed boost with the controversial lock - out laws to be scrapped . 'The NSW Government has shown courage in accepting that Sydney ' s nightlife needs fixing. Some of the changes will take time, but today' s announcement will help to make 2020
Sydney ’ s controversial lockout laws could be scrapped for most of the CBD with the New South Wales premier hoping the move will enhance the city ’ s “ Sydney is Australia’s only global city and we need our nightlife to reflect that.” The premier will move to lift the 1.30 am lockouts in the CBD
Sydney's struggling nightlife will finally get a much needed boost with the controversial lock-out laws to be scrapped.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Thursday that the laws will be lifted on January 14 for all of Sydney's CBD except for the Kings Cross precinct.
Committee for Sydney chief executive Gabriel Metcalf described the news as the first steps to making Sydney one of the world's great cities for night life again.
'Let's all celebrate that Government is removing the lockouts from most of the city. And then let's keep going, by working to cut back some over-regulation that can make it hard for venues to operate,' Mr Metcalf said.
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The Berejiklian government is set to axe the city ' s lockout laws in the CBD but not in Kings Cross. Ms Ward said a revitalised Sydney nightlife should not be reliant on alcohol, adding she wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the "It' s my hope that by Mardi Gras 2020 our night -time economy will
Kings Cross in Sydney . A new report claims the city ’ s nightlife has bounced back from the lockout policy. The Victorian capital has tried to capitalise on the regulatory problems of its northern rival by claiming to be a 24-hour city , but it saw the number of drinking venues decline, according to a study
'The NSW Government has shown courage in accepting that Sydney's nightlife needs fixing. Some of the changes will take time, but today's announcement will help to make 2020 the year that Sydney reclaimed the night'.
Sydney was once world famous for its bustling and vibrant nightlife until strict lockout laws were enforced in the CBD in 2014.
The crackdown brought the lively night-time economy to an abrupt standstill and forced almost 200 licensed venues to close their doors.
The lockout laws were introduced by the NSW Government five years ago with the aim to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence following the fatal one punch attack on teenager Thomas Kelly in Kings Cross in 2012.
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The lord mayor of Sydney , Clover Moore, welcomed the announcement, saying the lockout laws had taken a “sledgehammer” to Sydney ’ s nightlife . Moore suggested running public transport 24 hours on Friday and Saturday nights and replacing lifetime liquor licences with renewable licences.
'It’ s time to enhance Sydney ’ s nightlife ': lockout laws to be wound back in CBD. Ms Berejiklian hopes to introduce legislation to scrap the 1.30 am lockouts in the Ms Berejiklian' s move to reform the laws preceded the final report from a cross-party committee scrutinising the night -time economy
His killer Kieran Loveridge was sentenced to a minimum 10 years in prison.
Daniel Christie was also killed in an another one punch attack in Kings Cross while celebrating New Years Eve shortly before the laws were enforced in February 2014.
Under legislation, nightclubs and bars in the city, Kings Cross and Darlinghurst areas are required to deny entry to punters after 1.30am and cease serving alcohol at 3am.
At least 176 licensed venues Sydney CBD have closed their doors.
Other iconic venues such as the Oxford Art Factory in Oxford Street were forced to change their business model in order to survive.
At a recent NSW parliamentary inquiry, billionaire pub baron Justin Hemmes slammed laws as an embarrassment to Sydney, despite originally supporting the crackdown.
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The South Australian Government is urging parents to get their children vaccinated now with No Jab, No Play laws coming into effect in the new year. From January 1, families will have to provide immunisation records for their children at pre-schools, kindergartens, early learning and day care centres."We are committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of young South Australians and we know immunisation is one of the most effective ways to do so," Health Minister Stephen Wade said.© 9NEWS Parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated before January 1.