Just one week into the new lock-out system, Surry Hills licensees are looking for ways to drop the second 6am-9am curfew.

Sydney Star Observer has learned that Thursday night’s Surry Hills Liquor Accord meeting will discuss ways to ditch the second lock-out on the grounds it is a verbal agreement between Surry Hills Police and Accord members.

SSO also learned Surry Hills Police are considering asking Oxford St bouncers to wear colour-coded uniforms to help improve safety along the nightclub strip.
Scrapping the 6-9am lock-out would not change the NSW Government’s 2-5am lock-out, which took effect at four Oxford St gay venues last weekend -” Arq, Stonewall, Phoenix and the Oxford Hotel.

Arq owner Shadd Danesi said scrapping the second lock-out is an unavoidable business decision.

When we all agreed to the 6-9am lock-out it was done on a voluntary basis and it was done with goodwill to work with local police and the community, because we are all concerned about violence on Oxford St. But at that point in time it was a different world, he told SSO.

We had no idea about the 2-5am lock-out that was going to be imposed. I have a business to run, staff to pay and financial commitments, so I won’t be going with the 6-9am.

I will still work with the community and with the police. It’s just a financial decision and the 2-5am has made it necessary.

Stonewall owner and Liquor Accord chairman Craig Bell said his venue would continue to abide by the lock-out hours, but was aware that it would be a major point of discussion on Thursday.

There’s rumours going around left, right and centre at the moment, so we’re going to have a get-together on Thursday and vote on what we’re doing on all of that. But on behalf of Stonewall we don’t have any objections to the 6-9am lock-out, he said.

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