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16 January 2020

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

Issued by Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello

The NSW Government has extended hotel and club trading times for upcoming major events in 2020 including Australia Day, the Australian Open tennis, State of Origin and NRL Grand Final.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the later trading times will support major cultural and sports events that boost the NSW economy and create jobs and tourism opportunities.

“The extended trading means patrons can gather and socialise at venues later at night during and after these special events,” Mr Dominello said.

“Almost all extensions are for events on Sundays when most hotels and clubs are restricted to standard 10pm trading.”

Venues in the Tamworth Regional local government area can open until midnight on Sunday 19 January and Sunday 26 January for the Tamworth country music festival.

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

“The later times will also benefit fans of major sports events such as the Australian Open tennis, State of Origin and NRL Grand Final and Men’s and Women’s T20 cricket finals.

“Pubs and clubs across NSW can open later for these events so people can get together and watch all the action on big screens with their friends and family.”

Patrons staying out later in venues are reminded to consume alcohol responsibly so everyone can enjoy a safe night. Local area extensions will apply for Vivid Sydney, Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft and the Bathurst 1000 and Newcastle 500 motor sport races.

The extended trading hours do not apply to takeaway alcohol 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.

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See below table for full details of hotel and club trading extensions:

Date (2020)

Event

Trading extension

Where the extension applies

Sunday 19 January

Tamworth Country Music Festival

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs in the Tamworth Regional Council local government area

Sunday 26 January

Australia Day

Tamworth Country Music Festival

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs state-wide

Sunday 2 February

Australian Open Tennis Men’s Singles Final

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs state-wide showing a live broadcast of the match

Sunday 8 March

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs state-wide showing a live broadcast of the match

Sunday 24 May

Vivid Sydney

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs in the City of Sydney local government area (only in Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Barangaroo and Potts Point)

Sunday 31 May

Vivid Sydney

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs in the City of Sydney local government area (only in Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Barangaroo and Potts Point)

Sunday 7 June

Vivid Sydney

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs in the City of Sydney local government area (only in Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Barangaroo and Potts Point)

Sunday 14 June

Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs in the Coonamble Shire Council local government area

Sunday 21 June

NRL State of Origin – Game II

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs state-wide

Sunday 12 July – Monday 13 July

Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final (only if an Australian is playing)

10pm to 2am

Hotels or registered clubs state-wide showing a live broadcast of the match

Sunday 4 October

NRL Grand Final

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs state-wide

Sunday 11 October

Bathurst 1000

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs in the Bathurst Regional Council local government area (only in Abercrombie, Bathurst, Eglinton, Kelso, Llanarth, Mitchell, Mount Panorama, Orton Park, Perthville, Raglan, South Bathurst, West Bathurst and Windradyne)

Sunday 15 November

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Final

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs state-wide showing a live broadcast of the match

Sunday 6 December

Newcastle 500

10pm to midnight

Hotels or registered clubs in the City of Newcastle local government area