Police recommend rolling out lockouts to Newtown
The NSW Government’s tough alcohol restrictions – 1.30am lock outs and 3am last drinks – should be rolled out to other entertainment precincts including Newtown, says the Police Association of NSW.
In a written submission to a parliamentary inquiry into reducing alcohol and drug related violence, the NSW Police Association called on the state government to implement the lock out laws to other “various alcohol fuelled crime hotspots throughout the state”.
“Alcohol-fuelled violence impacts families and communities right across the country,” the police submission read.
“The issues that were occurring in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross were not unique. In fact, we have been approached by ... Newtown and Erskinville residents who report that the issues relating to alcohol related crime and anti-social behavior in Newtown are the same as in Kings Cross and the CBD.
“This is not a displacement affect but they indicate it has been a problem for some time due to the 24 hour licensed premises in the area.”
It also called on the government to force all licensed venue to close at midnight, and those with an extended trading license to remain open no later than 3am.
The lockout laws were introduced by the NSW Government in February following calls to address alcohol-related violence in the wake of the deaths of Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie. Licensed venues in an expanded entertainment zone, which took in The Rocks, George Street, Darlinghurst and Kings Cross, must not let anyone in after 1.30pm and must cease alcohol service at 3am.
The inquiry is expected to report back in November.