My history of calling for change in Kings Cross

I have been working for more than ten years to improve the situation in Kings Cross, often against State Government plans which would make the situation worse.

  • 1999 - I called for a review of 24 hour trading.
  • 2001 - I successfully led a community campaign opposing the planned amalgamation of inner city police stations, which would have severely impacted on Kings Cross.
  • 2004 - Council refused a DA for the Empire Hotel in Kings Cross, but the decision was overturned in the Land and Environment Court.
  • 2005 - I called for greater community input into liquor license applications and made a submission to review of the Liquor Act asking for powers to limit liquor licences in certain areas that are experiencing saturation. I also called for action on stolen firearms and pressed the government for action to deal with glassings and other alcohol-related crime.
  • 2006 - My question to then Transport Minister in Parliament resulted in the Nite Ride bus being introduced in Kings Cross. Subsequent lobbying has had the service expanded.
  • 2007 - I repeatedly called for the Liquor Act to take cumulative impacts into account and identify saturation zones where no more liquor licenses would be allowed. I asked the Government to introduce a Street Safe Taskforce to patrol and enforce licensing conditions. And I introduced a small bars bill which led to the Government opening up liquor licenses to allow smaller operators to increase diversity and choice and provide alternatives to large beer barns.
  • Since 2007 - i have repeatedly called for a late night permit system so that operators need to reapply for the privilege to serve alcohol late at night, with poor operators able to lose that right.
  • 2008 - I spoke in Parliament about the need for a revamp of the current system of noise control, which is caught in a web of confusion involving multiple agencies and all levels of Government. I succeeded in securing some regulation of party buses to prevent anti-social behaviour, noise and intoxication in residential areas.
  • 2009 - I successfully advocated for the then Government to impose a freeze on new liquor licences while long term solutions were developed and implemented - and subsequently securing extensions of the freeze.
  • 2010 - I requested improvements to the way neighbourhood complaints about noise and anti-social behaviour are dealt with under the Liquor Act to get better outcomes for residents making complaints. I requested the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing to improve online information about liquor licences so residents can see what is approved. And I sought a review of the formula for police staffing allocation so that resource allocation takes into account that there is the equivalent of a major event every weekend in Kings Cross.
  • 2011 - Council tried to rework our DCP to strengthen Council's power to oversee late trading venues with better management plans and reviewable conditions. These changes were knocked back by the former NSW Labor Planning Minister Tony Kelly.

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