Safety AND Diversity – a solution to Sydney’s lockout laws

Today Alcohol Beverages Australia presented to the Joint Select Committee on Sydney’s night time economy and offered workable solutions to ensure public safety while relaxing the law to restore Sydney’s reputation as an exciting international city.

“ABA was delighted to contribute to this select committee”, says Gohar Yazdabadi, Policy and Research Manager. The hospitality industry, through the responsible service of alcohol and other crowd management initiatives have done a great job trying to create new experiences for the consumer. However the lockout laws have been too restrictive – reducing the choices of responsible consumers has impacted Sydney both in terms of economy and reputation.”

“We propose encouraging lots more people from across a wide range of demographics back into the city at night, by providing family-friendly activities such as food markets, music events, light shows, late-night shopping and theatres to remain open longer, so that the whole experience is improved for everyone.

“Importantly we support strong regulations be imposed on any venue that is deemed ‘at risk’ with a call for a central organisation or authority to be appointed that takes responsibility for the night time economy as a whole including initiatives that promote vibrancy and safety.

We want to see Sydney’s night time economy reignited but in a way that is consistent with our core message of moderate alcohol consumption while enjoying life.

ENDS

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Kerri Osborne, Media and Communications Manager
Ph: 0418 513 372

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