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Case study
22 November 2018

Newtown Liquor Accord | Case study

Voluntary measures to reduce alcohol related harm

In response to the Sydney CBD lockout laws and the number of new patrons visiting the Newtown area, the Newtown Liquor Accord agreed to be proactive and address any potential alcohol related harms by implementing a range of voluntary measures.

Voluntary measures included:

  • No new patrons admitted to venues after 3.00am (pass out system applies)
  • Restrictions of certain drink types (including no shots) after 12.00am
  • Cease service of alcohol 30 minutes prior to close
  • Implementing a code of conduct for patrons promoting respect and tolerance.

It took the cooperation from all late-trading member venues and support from the local Police to undertake the self-imposed measures which are an excellent example Liquor Accord members collaborating and self-regulating.

The Newtown Liquor Accord group continues to meet regularly, discussing potential risks and adopting measures to maintain a safe and vibrant night time economy. Most recently, the Accord identified that patrons pre-loading on party buses was a potential issue for the area and member venues agreed to refuse entry to party bus passengers.

The Accord started a WhatsApp group for major pubs, late traders and the local Police Area Command to maintain 24-hour communication to notify one another when problem patrons or large groups have been refused entry.

Liquor Accord forums provide an opportunity for licensees to better understand local issues and adopt proactive voluntary measures which promote self-regulation.

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