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I am proud our work supported the establishment of Sydney's thriving small bar scene in Sydney - which continues to grow despite the sledgehammer blow of the lockout laws introduced in 2014.

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I was also Lord Mayor of the City at the time - we provided grants and a 'how to set up a small bar' guide, upgraded laneways and employed an economic development officer to work directly with interested small bar owners and help them set up their businesses.

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Before 2008, Sydney had no small bars – just huge characterless beer barns. So I worked with a community group called ‘Raise the Bar’ and pushed small bar legislation through the NSW Parliament as an Independent MP. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-31/sydney-small-bar-scene-shaking-off-lockout-law-malaise/10183578?pfmredir=sm