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21 December 2018

Liquor & Gaming NSW helping to make festive season safer

Liquor & Gaming NSW inspectors will be maintaining a strong presence in venues across the
state over the festive season to ensure everyone can enjoy safer nights out.

Venue operators are reminded to be vigilant during busy periods such as Christmas Eve and
New Year’s Eve for increased risks of selling alcohol to minors, intoxicated patrons and antisocial

Liquor & Gaming NSW Deputy Secretary Paul Newson said inspectors will be monitoring hotels,
bars, clubs, nightclubs, bottle shops and party boats.

Areas where inspectors will be active include Sydney’s CBD, eastern suburbs and northern
beaches, Newtown and the inner west, Newcastle and the Central Coast.

Inspectors will also be attending music festivals to ensure compliance with event management
plans, liquor laws and licence conditions to help reduce alcohol-related harm and other public
safety risks.

“We want to ensure safe environments for people to celebrate over the festive season with the
lowest possible risk of alcohol-related harm,” Mr Newson said.

“The vast majority of our state’s licensed venues do the right thing and are committed to the
responsible service of alcohol.

“The minority of venues that neglect their patrons’ safety and breach liquor laws can expect to
face significant penalties.”

Licensed venue trading hours for New Year’s Eve have been confirmed with hotels, clubs, bars
and restaurants able to open until 2am on 1 January. Venues already approved to trade beyond
2am can continue to do so as normal.

The Sydney CBD and Kings Cross restriction on patrons being admitted to venues after either
1.30am or 2am does not apply on New Year’s Eve.

MEDIA: Eric Aubert, (02) 9995 0794, 0438 207 294