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18 January 2019

Ministerial media release: NSW venues to open later for special events

Issued by Minister for Racing Paul Toole

Hotel and club trading times have been extended by the NSW Government for the Australian Open tennis men’s final, Tamworth country music festival and AFC Asian Cup.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the later trading would enable patrons to gather and socialise at venues later at night for these special events.

“The extensions are part of the NSW Government’s support for major cultural and sports events that boost entertainment options and support local economies,” Mr Toole said.

“Standard 10pm Sunday trading across NSW has been extended to midnight for the Australian Open men’s tennis final on 27 January.

“As this is the Sunday of the Australia Day long weekend, it’s a great chance for tennis fans to head to their local hotel or club and watch all the action on the big screen with family and friends.”

Venues in the Tamworth local government area can open until midnight on Sunday 20 January and Sunday 27 January for the Tamworth country music festival.

“As many hotels, bars and clubs are hosting gigs as part of the festival, the extended trading means fans can enjoy their favourite performers later at night,” Mr Toole said.

“The Tamworth country music festival is Australia’s largest music festival and will offer more than 2,800 events featuring 700 artists from 18 to 27 January.”

Mr Toole said a range of statewide trading extensions have been approved for venues showing live telecasts of the Asian Football Confederation’s Asian Cup being held in the United Arab Emirates. The extensions will apply only for matches featuring the Socceroos.

The extended trading hours do not apply to take-away liquor sales. Venues already approved to trade during or beyond the extended hours can operate as usual. Hotels and clubs must still comply with any individual trading restrictions or other special conditions that apply to their licences under the Liquor Act.

See below table for list of extended trading times

MEDIA: Eleisha Rogers 0439 867 112

Day

Date (2019)

Extended hours

Event (condition)

Sunday

20 January

10pm to midnight

Tamworth Country Music Festival (for the Tamworth local government area only)

Tuesday

22 January

12am to 5am

2019 AFC Asian Cup - Round of 16 (Match 41) (only if the hotel or club premises provides a live broadcast of the match during the extended trading period)

Friday

25 January

2.30am to 5am

2019 AFC Asian Cup - Quarter Final (Match 46) (only if Australia is playing and the hotel or club premises provides a live broadcast of the match during the extended trading period)

Friday

25 January

12am to 5am

2019 AFC Asian Cup - Quarter Final (Match 45) (only if Australia is playing and the hotel or club premises provides a live broadcast of the match during the extended trading period)

Saturday

26 January

2.30am to 5am

2019 AFC Asian Cup - Quarter Final (Match 48) (only if Australia is playing and the hotel or club premises provides a live broadcast of the match during the extended trading period)

Saturday

26 January

12am to 5am

2019 AFC Asian Cup - Quarter Final (Match 47) (only if Australia is playing and the hotel or club premises provides a live broadcast of the match during the extended trading period)

Sunday

27 January

10pm to midnight

Australian Open Men’s Final/Tamworth Country Music Festival

Tuesday

29 January

12am to 5am

2019 AFC Asian Cup - Semi Final (Match 49) (only if Australia is playing and the hotel or club premises provides a live broadcast of the match during the extended trading period)

Wednesday

30 January

12am to 5am

2019 AFC Asian Cup - Semi Final (Match 50) (only if Australia is playing and the hotel or club premises provides a live broadcast of the match during the extended trading period)

Saturday

2 February

12am to 5am

2019 AFC Asian Cup - Final (Match 51) (only if Australia is playing and the hotel or club premises provides a live broadcast of the match during the extended trading period)