Wednesday 9. March, 2016

Star Entertainment Invited to Be Part of Sydney Lockout Roundtable

The NSW government is considering the impact of Sydney’s lockout laws and has invited the Star Entertainment Group to be part of a roundtable discussion they are having on the topic. Three meetings will be held over the next three months and will include dozens of representatives from a range of sectors.

The Star Entertainment Group operates The Star Casino in Pyrmont which is currently exempt from the lockout laws. Other members of the round table will include representatives from the hospitality and live music industries, youth, small business, health, transport and police. The outcome of the discussions will be used in former Australian High Court Judge Ian Callinan’s review of the new legislation.

The lockout laws require venues in central Sydney to desist from selling takeaway alcohol from 10pm, to turn people away from 1:30am and to stop serving drinks at 3am. The laws have been controversial with many opponents who are arguing that they are killing Sydney’s nightlife. A campaign was started last month to overturn the laws.

However, a coalition of doctors, nurses, paramedics and police from NSW say they have seen a huge fall in alcohol-fuelled violence since the laws were implemented and they are strongly supporting the new legislation.

While The Star Casino is currently not impacted by the laws, there has been talk of extending the legislation to Pyrmont and their view is being considered along with those of affected businesses in central Sydney. Currently, they have been considered by some to be the only winners of the lockout laws, although they maintain that their patronage has remained unchanged.

The three roundtable discussions will take place on March 31, April 28 and May 19. The results of the Callinan Review are expected to be published in August.

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