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​New measure to curb CBD violence come into effect

Friday 18 July 2014     [PDF,99kb]

Licensed venues and patrons are reminded the NSW Government’s latest measures to make Sydney CBD streets and venues safer from alcohol-related violence come into effect today, Friday 18 July 2014.

Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant said the new initiatives continue the Government’s commitment to ensure the public can enjoy the CBD at night while minimising the risk of alcohol-related incidents.

"Our CBD remains a great place for residents and visitors to enjoy safely and without fear of violence or alcohol-related incidents.

"This Government is continuing its efforts to return the Sydney CBD to its role as a premier location for locals to have a good time and a major and safe attraction for tourists," Mr Grant said.

"The measures contained within the Plan of Management for the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct are designed to more effectively manage licensed venues, create a safer environment, and promote effective transport options after a night out.

"Key components include:

  • drink restrictions, including a ban on shots, after midnight
  • a ban on high risk drink promotions
  • persons seen drinking alcohol on approach to a venue in or near an alcohol free zone are not permitted entry
  • a ban on patrons wearing outlaw motorcycle gang colours in licensed venues
  • no glass after midnight in venues with a history of violence
  • vessels selling liquor are prohibited from picking up or dropping off passengers in the precinct after midnight
  • updated RSA training to be undertaken by licensees and staff by 1 October
  • a rollout of pre-paid taxis and taxi marshals at 7 CBD taxi ranks.

"I encourage patrons to work cooperatively with venues to ensure the new measures are implemented with minimum fuss and disruption to venue operations.

"Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing (OLGR) officers will be maintaining increased monitoring of venues over coming months to ensure compliance.

"These measures add to existing initiatives in the precinct including the 1.30am lockout and 3am cease alcohol service requirements, banning orders on troublemakers, the liquor licence freeze until 2016, and statewide measures such as the Three Strikes scheme and licence restrictions on the state’s most violent venues," Mr Grant said.

Media: Tess Salmon 0467 740 017

Measures to make venues safer:

After midnight, no shots, shooters, bombs, doubles, or ready to drink beverages (RTDs) with more than 5% alcohol content and a limit of four alcoholic drinks per patron per order. Genuine cocktails will not be affected.

  • After 2am, drink sales limited to two per patron, per order, to prevent stockpiling ahead of the 3am cease alcohol service.
  • Patrons wearing outlaw motorcycle gang colours banned from venues.
  • Anyone seen drinking alcohol on approach to a venue located in or near an alcohol free zone or alcohol prohibited area to be refused entry.
  • A ban on high risk promotions involving free or discounted drinks that are designed to be consumed rapidly on the premises.
  • Venues required to preserve crime scenes under NSW Police guidelines.
  • Venues required to maintain approved incident registers at all times to record incidents involving violence and anti-social behaviour.
  • Licensed ‘party boat’ vessels banned from picking up or dropping off patrons in the Precinct after midnight.
  • Glass drinking vessels banned after midnight in venues designated by the Secretary of NSW Trade & Investment due to a history of violence.
  • RSA Marshals must be employed during high risk trading periods in venues designated by the Secretary of NSW Trade & Investment due to a history of violence.
  • From October 1 2014, all staff serving alcohol as well as security guards must hold RSA competency cards or valid interim certificates to ensure up-to-date training.

Licence condition breaches can result in a maximum $11,000 fine, or imprisonment for up to 12 months, or both, as well as strikes under the Three Strikes disciplinary scheme.

Measures to make the CBD environment safer:

  • High visibility policing in and around the CBD and Kings Cross precincts, with a focus on licensed premises and transport hubs.
  • From October, Police, OLGR compliance inspectors, Council rangers, Precinct Ambassadors, security officers, CCTV operators and other precinct custodians to stage coordinated joint briefings for peak periods.
  • Catchment boundaries of the Sydney Sobering Up Centre trial, which allows police to take intoxicated people off the streets and place them in sobering up cells, to be adjusted to match the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct.
  • Police enforcement of alcohol consumption bans on trains and buses to reduce pre-fuelling.
  • The City of Sydney variable messaging signs (VMS) at key points to promote information about transport, dispersal points, and lockout and last drinks times.
  • The City of Sydney is installing 10 new CCTV cameras to improve responses to criminal incidents.
  • The City of Sydney to monitor development approvals for licensed venue patron capacity, queue management, and fire exit obstruction rules.

Measures to better manage transport:

  • Following the success of a Kings Cross trial of pre-pay taxi fares, pre-pay fares to be extended to all secure taxi ranks in the CBD and available for all taxi fares after 9pm.
  • More late night transport information available in the CBD precinct including to licensed premises, Precinct Ambassadors and security staff.
  • City of Sydney to advise the hire car sector of legal loading