Consultation on Newcastle liquor restrictions
Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello today visited Newcastle to meet with community leaders and business groups to discuss the future of the city’s Night Time Economy in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Mr Dominello met with Newcastle City Council, NSW Police Local Area Command and Hunter Business Chamber members to discuss ways to create more diverse entertainment options for the State’s second biggest city.
“We are taking this opportunity to listen to a range of opinions on how the Government can help support a vibrant and safe night-time economy for Newcastle as businesses recover from COVID-19,” Mr Dominello said.
“The Newcastle CBD has been transformed in recent years with the Honeysuckle redevelopment, a new light rail line and the opening up of the foreshore through the removal of the heavy rail line and this offers great potential for revitalization of local nightlife.
“In 2008 the Government of the day imposed a range of licensing restrictions specific to Newcastle in an effort to curb the escalation in alcohol-fueled trouble in the city, which became known as the ‘Newcastle Solution’.”
Mr Dominello said the Government’s response to last year’s Parliamentary Joint Select Committee’s report into Sydney’s Night-Time Economy supported a review of Newcastle liquor licensing conditions as well as working with Newcastle City Council to rejuvenate local nightlife.
“Many local residents are rightly proud of what was achieved through the Newcastle solution but 12 years on, in line with the recommendation of the Parliamentary Committee looking at the Night Time Economy, it is the time to look at a review,” Mr Dominello said.
“For example, many of the restrictions remain in force and have been imposed beyond the original 14 hotels onto other venues including small bars.
“We will need a joint effort by the Government, the council and industry to put in place the right foundations for a thriving and safe night-time economy in Newcastle.”