Liquor Freeze Extended

The Premier has now extended the liquor licence freeze in several city precincts until 24 June, 2012, following my question to him in Parliament. The freeze, which covers parts of Kings Cross, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst and the southern CBD around George Street, means new venues cannot open and existing venues cannot increase trading hours or capacity in these precincts.

This measure was introduced in 2009, by the then Premier, in response to my calls for a moratorium on new liquor licences in areas of concentrated liquor outlets.

The Government and the City are using this time to carry out research and find better ways to manage Sydney's night time economy. We want long term solutions to address crime and anti-social behaviour linked to densely concentrated outlets trading late.

I will ask Council to continue the existing freeze on new and expanded footway dining areas for premises covered by the legislation to complement the liquor licence freeze.

The City will continue promoting alternative venues and creative initiatives for a more civilised and diverse night time culture. Council staff are now analysing the comments from our extensive consultation on creating a vibrant night time economy, with a discussion paper due later this year.

I am committed to working with the State Government to ensure we have a vital, sustainable and safe late night economy.

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