A welcome boost to Sydney’s night-time economy

The Joint Select Committee’s recommendation to repeal Sydney’s lockout laws is great news for the night-time economy and combined with other measures will help restore the vibrancy, fun, international reputation and economic prosperity to the city.

Andrew Wilsmore, CEO of Alcohol Beverages Australia said “Hospitality, retail and tourism workers will be delighted with the well-balanced report that recommends the repeal of the lockout laws lifting the ban on serving times and restrictions on certain drinks. We are also happy to see that the Select Committee has listened to us and other submitters around the safety of Sydney-siders, the Governance arrangements and the encouragement of a diverse range of activities.”

“On behalf of locals and tourists to Sydney, we urge the Government of New South Wales to pass the legislation as quickly as possible- to capitalise on the warmer months and the festive season,” says Wilsmore.

“The lockout laws had a severe effect on the economy, and it will be wonderful to see Sydney’s night-time economy reignited in a way that is consistent with our core message of moderate alcohol consumption while enjoying life.”


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