Nineteen venues across NSW can now offer a wider range of live entertainment following the NSW Government’s three-month blitz to remove outdated and unnecessary liquor licence conditions. The initiative is part of the Government’s commitment to support local nightlife and help live music thrive.
Many of these conditions were imposed decades ago due to particular issues at the time, but serve no purpose at all today. They have in some cases prevented hotels and clubs from expanding the types of entertainment they offer. Liquor & Gaming NSW offered a special three-month assessment service that waived the usual $110 application fee and used a streamlined process for faster outcomes. As part of this process, local police, councils and nearby residents were invited to comment on the proposals to remove or vary conditions. One of the venues that has had conditions removed, Civic Hotel in Sydney’s CBD, has a long history of offering live music. During the 1980s, it hosted iconic Australian acts including INXS and Midnight Oil. The removal of an historical condition banning rock music means this genre can now return to the Civic Hotel, which has for many years been limited to other types of live music acts. In many cases, restrictive or unnecessary conditions were included in development consents imposed by local councils. Venues may also have nominated particular types of entertainment when first applying for a liquor licence, and these have been listed as conditions ever since. Venues can apply to Liquor & Gaming NSW at any time to have live entertainment conditions removed. Below is list of venues with removed conditions, with conditions as worded on each venue’s liquor licence: