A freeze has been placed on any new liquor licences or bar expansions along Oxford St for the next year.
The Liquor Amendment (Temporary Licence Freeze) Bill 2009 was passed last week.
The laws will cover parts of Oxford St, Kings Cross and George St, putting a stop on any new liquor licences and preventing existing clubs and pubs from expanding their capacity or trading hours until June 24, 2010. Restaurants and small bars will be exempt from the amendment.
“The Bill will allow us to take stock and develop long-term mechanisms that prevent community harm, while encouraging a civilised and flourishing entertainment industry,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“I want the Sydney Liquor Taskforce, which reports to the Premier and me, to use this freeze to develop long-term action on the problems. We need clear and enforced licensing obligations; effective dialogue with residents; adequate late night transport; joint operations involving police, council and the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing; and planning measures to help councils control new licensed venues in high-risk areas.”
Racing and Gaming Minister Kevin Greene endorsed the bill on behalf of Premier Nathan Rees.
“The Government and the Lord Mayor are committed to working together on appropriate strategies to address alcohol-related crime and antisocial behaviour while maintaining the vibrancy of Sydney and its nighttime economy and enhancing the safety of visitors and amenity of residents,” Greene said.
“The Government will be closely monitoring the effects of the freeze on both licences and development applications in the prescribed areas.
“The Government will implement further restrictions by regulation should it prove necessary.”

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