OK, ok, it might be a baby step… but there’s officially light at the end of the tunnel, ppl!
Mike Baird has ~finally~ answered everyone’s prayers and announced a two-year ‘trial relaxation’ of the Kings Cross and CBD lockout laws.
This comes after a three-month review of the legislation, which saw High Court Judge Ian Callinan suggest the Baird Government push the lockout till 2am and last drinks cut off to 3.30. He also recommended that bottle shops be kept open till 11pm and home delivery moved to midnight (coz, legend.)
Thankfully, the cabinet backed Callinan’s moment of long-overdue enlightenment and accepted that relaxing the laws might actually bring back revenue and life to the area. Hopefully it’ll also help ease the strain on areas that sit just outside the exclusion zones (aka, Newtown, Surry Hills and Pyrmont,) which have experienced a massive spike in alcohol-related violence (and generally shit behaviour) since the laws were introduced back in 2014.
The relentless campaigners over at Keep Sydney Open are not as convinced about the news though and are determined to continue the fight for the lockout to be scrapped for good.
Anyways, it’s prettttty early days, but we have to admit it’s still a massive win for Sydney-siders. And bloody oath, we’ll drink to that!
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