Friday 18 July 2014
Licensed venues and patrons are reminded the NSW Government’s latest measures to make Sydney CBD streets and venues safer from alcohol-related violence come into effect today, Friday 18 July 2014.
Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant said the new initiatives continue the Government’s commitment to ensure the public can enjoy the CBD at night while minimising the risk of alcohol-related incidents.
"Our CBD remains a great place for residents and visitors to enjoy safely and without fear of violence or alcohol-related incidents.
"This Government is continuing its efforts to return the Sydney CBD to its role as a premier location for locals to have a good time and a major and safe attraction for tourists," Mr Grant said.
"The measures contained within the Plan of Management for the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct are designed to more effectively manage licensed venues, create a safer environment, and promote effective transport options after a night out.
"Key components include:
"I encourage patrons to work cooperatively with venues to ensure the new measures are implemented with minimum fuss and disruption to venue operations.
"Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing (OLGR) officers will be maintaining increased monitoring of venues over coming months to ensure compliance.
"These measures add to existing initiatives in the precinct including the 1.30am lockout and 3am cease alcohol service requirements, banning orders on troublemakers, the liquor licence freeze until 2016, and statewide measures such as the Three Strikes scheme and licence restrictions on the state’s most violent venues," Mr Grant said.
Media: Tess Salmon 0467 740 017
Measures to make venues safer:
After midnight, no shots, shooters, bombs, doubles, or ready to drink beverages (RTDs) with more than 5% alcohol content and a limit of four alcoholic drinks per patron per order. Genuine cocktails will not be affected.
Licence condition breaches can result in a maximum $11,000 fine, or imprisonment for up to 12 months, or both, as well as strikes under the Three Strikes disciplinary scheme.
Measures to make the CBD environment safer:
Measures to better manage transport: