Sydney’s nighttime economy might finally be getting the boost it needs, with the liquor license freeze in Kings Cross and CBD districts set to be lifted starting next month.
As reported by The Music Network, the license freeze will be lifted come June 1st, which will be the first significant change to the law since it was implemented in 2014.
The Minister for Racing, Paul Toole says “New businesses offering live music as well as broader arts and cultural events will be able to apply to open in Kings Cross and the CBD… The NSW government is committed to developing Sydney’s nighttime economy and helping the industry provide more diverse entertainment options.”
This change will mean low-risk venues will be expected to boom – with small bars having already doubled in the area since 2016 – with the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority having the ability to grant new licence applications for dedicated live music venues. Unfortunately, high-risk venues such as larger hotels, bars and nightclubs will not be included. Annoying, but it’s still a step in the right direction.
The Liquor & Gaming NSW shared a post on their website detailing the extension on hours, saying “the freeze will continue to play an important role in limiting the concentration of higher risk venues in the precincts and helping to reduce alcohol-related violence and other related harms.”
It might not be a massive change, but it’s certainly got the ball rolling in the right direction to not only salvage but reignite Sydney’s nightlife.