The NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (the Authority) has received the Horton Report from Mr Jonathan Horton QC, on his independent review of conditions imposed upon the liquor licences of 14 late trading hotels located in the Newcastle CBD in 2008.
The review was conducted by Mr Horton and gave the local community, police, businesses and other stakeholders a chance to have their say.
The review followed a request to the Authority by the Australian Hotels Association on behalf of the 14 venues to consider revoking or changing some of the conditions.
Rather than considering this request in isolation, the Authority appointed Mr Horton to conduct a broader review and consult all relevant stakeholders in the Newcastle community.
The terms of reference for the review and a background paper can be found here:
Stakeholders were invited to lodge submissions in order to have their say on the issues being considered as part of this review.
Mr Horton conducted a process of public consultation between November 2017 and February 2018, and received over 90 written submissions from a variety of stakeholders including NSW Police, public health bodies, academics, licensed businesses, industry bodies, private individuals and special interest groups.
The submissions received can be viewed here.
Having considered the information in the Horton Report and formed its own view on the submissions received by Mr Horton, the Authority is considering taking action, of its own initiative, under section 53(2)(b) of the Liquor Act 2007, to vary and/or revoke some of the conditions that were imposed in 2008. Further details are outlined in the Authority's statement.