Angry Anderson Welcomes Easing Of Sydney Lockout Laws
"The Cross is such an iconic thing is, it belongs to all of us"
Australian singer-songwriter Gary Stephen "Angry" Anderson AM has welcomed the easing to Sydney's lock out laws, saying he would "love to see the Cross come back to life again".
It follows Friday's announcement by the NSW Government that it will lift the freeze on new liquor licences in Kings Cross and the Sydney CBD from June 1 for venues with a focus on live music, arts and culture.
Minister for Racing Paul Toole said it was the first significant change to the liquor licence freeze in Kings Cross and the CBD since 2014.
"New businesses offering live music as well as broader arts and cultural events will be able to apply to open in Kings Cross and the CBD," Toole said.
Angry says police have to be there, but that changes were welcomed.
"The Cross is such an iconic thing is, it belongs to all of us."
In a major boost to the city's night-life economy, the reforms will throw the doors open to a range of new nightspots with a live music, arts and culture focus.
The change means the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority can consider new on-premises licence applications for dedicated live music venues as well as venues that host visual or performance arts or other cultural events.
In 2016, the NSW Government eased restrictions on small bars, lifting the patron limit from 60 to 100 across the state and extended trading times for small bars in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross from midnight to 2am.
"Small bar licence numbers have almost doubled across NSW since the reforms and they are adding to diversity of Sydney's nightlife," Mr Toole said.
The freeze on new liquor licences in Kings Cross and the CBD for higher-risk venues such as hotels, clubs, bars and nightclubs will be extended for a further 12 months.