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Pubs in Sydney on the Brink due to Lockouts

As a result of the new lockout measures in Sydney that came into effect this week, many clubs and pubs face possible closure.

David Sylvester, a hospitality legal expert from Sylvester & Browne Solicitors, said that in recent weeks he had spoken extensively with owners of clubs and pubs that lie both within the precinct and outside of it.

"Many of the smaller hotels estimate that their turnover is likely to reduce by as much as $20,000 to $40,000 per week - that's $1 to $2 million per year," Sylvester said. "These numbers will very likely result in forced closures due to non-viability."

The new laws have been a particularly hot topic in legal circles, especially at the recent Public Defenders Criminal Law Conference in Sydney.

"Nearly everyone I spoke to had an opinion regarding the changes to the Liquor Act and Regulations, and the common theme was that the new laws won't do anything to effectively reduce alcohol or drug-related violence," he said.

AHA NSW CEO Paul Nicolaou said that, "We agree something needs to be done, but we don't agree that mandatory 1.30am lockouts will stop people being bashed on the streets by thugs at 9.00pm abd 10.00pm."


From : The Shout, 24 February 2014