A prominent Keep Sydney Open banner on the Kings Cross Hotel is set to be removed after local residents issued a complaint.
The small group of ‘lockout supporters’ issued their complaint to the City of Sydney Council, who have ordered the venue to remove the banner or face a $6000 fine.
The news unsurprisingly comes in the week following Keep Sydney Open’s Kings Cross occupation, Meet Me In The Cross; a festival spread throughout multiple venues in the area that saw thousands of punters venture into the once great party location for the evening. Clearly this rubbed some locals the wrong way.
When speaking with Lisa Visentin of the Sydney Morning Herald, the Marketing Director of Kings Cross Hotel, Dan Lacaze, says they “had good intentions in putting the banner up. It was about supporting a community initiative and local businesses in the area.”
He went on to add that the venue does not “financially contribute” to Keep Sydney Open, but have a “shared belief in their cause.”
The local residents group – titled 2011 Residents Association after the area’s postcode – took to Twitter to vent their frustration with the banner, writing: ‘How dare they come in and make Kings Cross a political situation?’.
Upon complaining to the council, it was found that the venue did not seek any council approval for the banner, which unfortunately means the banner must be taken down immediately.
A spokesperson from the city council said “the banner is being removed voluntarily and City staff will work with the hotel to ensure any future signage is submitted through the formal approval process.”
KSO’s campaign director Tyson Koh believes this issue reflects the core issues the city and its nightlife face. He says “it shows the factors at play when it comes to gentrification and entertainment precincts in the inner city.”