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Lockouts in Newtown and Enmore "not justified" say Greens

The Inner Western suburbs of Sydney, Newtown and Enmore, may yet follow the lead of Kings Cross, Darling Harbour and the CBD if lockout laws are to be introduced in the precinct.

Sylvie Ellsmore, the Greens councillor for Marrickville, has said that the area could be targeted by the restrictions. Customers are prevented from entering a licensed venue from 1.30 am and alcohol trading is banned in such venues from 3am in a concerted effort to curb alcohol-related violence.


“No justification” for lockouts in Newtown and Enmore, Greens


Councillor Ellsmore commissioned two reports on the impact of the lockouts in these areas and found that there was no justification for extending lockouts to the area. "....That would only serve to destroy what the community and responsible venue owners have worked so hard to build for the benefit of the whole community," she said.

In September this year, a City of Sydney submission to the NSW Legislative Assembly inquiry into alcohol-related violence revealed that pedestrian traffic on Darlinghurst Road at Kings Cross had fallen by 84% compared with 2012 which has proven disastrous for traders.

Since the lockout laws were introduced, businesses have reported a 40% loss in revenue. The Mayor of Marrickville, Mark Gardiner, is not keen to repeat the resulting downturn in his electorate.


Source  :  Hospitality Magazine, 9 December 2014