It is estimated that around 200 venues were forced to shut due to the lockout laws. (Supplied: Destination NSW)
Sydney’s controversial lockout laws will be dramatically rolled back in an effort to strengthen the night-time economy, the NSW Government has announced.
The 1:30am lockouts will be lifted in the CBD entertainment district but will remain in place for Kings Cross.
The legislation was introduced in 2014 with the aim of reducing alcohol-fuelled violence, particularly in Kings Cross, after two coward-punch deaths.
In a statement, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the city’s night-life needs to be resurrected but community safety will always be a major focus.
“It’s time to enhance Sydney’s night-life,” Ms Bereijklian said.
“Sydney is Australia’s only global city and we need our night-life to reflect that.”
Ms Berejiklian said there was a need to reinvigorate the night-time economy for the sake of jobs.
A joint parliamentary committee last month held hearings into Sydney’s night-time economy and will report to Parliament in the coming weeks.
More to come.