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Issued: 2 August 2016
A report in the Sydney Morning Herald's business section on Monday 1 August 2016 titled Small bars continue to grow as drinking landscape recovers from lockouts has numerous errors.
The below summary quotes each inaccurate section of the report and responds with the correct information.
1. "As part of the statutory law, the laws have to be reviewed every three years. This is the standard with all new liquor licences"
2. "A general hotel small bar licence – 120 person – that services mixed drinks…"
3. "The original explosion in small bars can be traced back to 2008 when the City of Sydney Council approved the Small Bars and Restaurants Bill…"
4. "In 2011, 70 small bar licences were approved and at that stage licences could cover up to 120 patrons, with the approval process taking up to 80 days and costing $500 … The new legislation has seen the patronage cut in half, the approval process taking up to 120 days, if not longer, with the cost being reduced to $350"
5. "The lockout laws have prevented new bars from opening in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross/Darlinghurst, which are the so called problem areas due to a licence freeze in these areas"
6. "If small bars were allowed to operate later, most patrons would probably happily finish their evening in a small bar…"