A total of ten venues in Sydney’s Inner West have signed up to a voluntary six month lockout law trial which will commence on 1 September, 2015.
The trial will see new patrons locked out of the venues from 3am on both Friday and Saturday nights and those patrons who have entered before 3am will require a pass out to re-enter the premises.
It will also see a ban on the sale of shots and doubles after midnight, while the sale of all alcohol will be stopped 30 minutes before the venue closes.
The trail has been taken up by most of the popular late night trading venues with the notable exception of Enmore’s Sly Fox.
Chairman of the Newtown Liquor Accord, Tim Claydon, said that the purpose of the trial is to curb alcohol related violence by deterring people from heading into the area after the lockout laws kick in.
The laws were rushed through parliament and introduced in February 2014 following the tragic death of Sydney teenager Daniel Christie outside a Kings Cross venue on New Year’s Eve.
However, outspoken Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm has said that the laws have not considered a number of key facts and consequences. He pointed out that whilst there has been a significant reduction in crime within the lockout area, crimes in surrounding areas have increased significantly.
The inner west suburb of Newtown, according to NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics, has recorded an 18% increase in alcohol-related crime since the laws were introduced.
Source : Hospitality Magazine, 3 August 2015