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Sydney CBD plan of management released

Issued: Wednesday 28 May 2014    [PDF,99kb]

The NSW Government is making Sydney’s streets and licenced venues safer with new measures that aim to reduce alcohol-related violence in and around the Sydney CBD.

Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres have today released the Sydney Plan of Management for the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct that will come into effect on 18 July this year.

Minister Grant said the package includes measures to more effectively manage licensed venues and patrons, ensure a safer CBD environment, and promote transport options.

"The NSW Government is committed to making the Sydney CBD the first choice for locals and visitors wanting to enjoy our city safely," Mr Grant said

"The Plan of Management was designed by NSW Government agencies in collaboration with the City of Sydney and aims to reduce alcohol harm in and around the precinct’s 1,300 licensed venues.

"Key components include:

  • Drink restrictions after midnight,
  • Updated RSA training for bar staff,
  • Requirements for licensees to maintain around-the-clock incident registers and preserve violent crime scenes,
  • A ban on Outlaw motorcycle gang colours,
  • RSA marshals patrolling the area;
  • A ban on glass after midnight in venues with a history of violence, and
  • Rollout of pre-paid taxis and taxi marshals at 7 CBD taxi ranks.

Today’s measures add to the initiatives already in place including 1.30am lockouts and 3am cease alcohol service, banning orders on troublemakers, RSA competency card suspensions for irresponsible bar staff, the liquor licence freeze extension to 2016, and the Three Strikes and Violent Venues schemes.

"The NSW Government makes no apologies for introducing tough measures to reduce alcohol-related violence and make our city safer for everybody," Mr Grant said.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres said the measures announced today will help Police in their efforts to crack down on anti-social behaviour in the precinct.

"The message is simple, if you intend on being anti-social and are looking to cause trouble, you are not welcome in our CBD," Mr Ayres said.

"High visibility policing will continue across the CBD along with crackdowns on alcohol consumption on public transport to reduce pre-loading," Mr Ayres said.

"Sydney’s vibrant CBD remains a major drawcard for locals and visitors alike. These measures are aimed at ensuring everyone can enjoy themselves safely," Mr Ayres said.

Media: Tess Salmon 0467 740 017 (Grant) or Sophie Onikul 0428 596 319 (Ayres)


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 to be refused entry.
  • Venues restricted from promoting high risk drinks including heavily discounted alcohol designed to be consumed rapidly. This includes high risk promotions using drink cards, flyers, vouchers, social media, websites, print media or spruiking.
  • Venues required to preserve crime scenes according to NSW Police guidelines to ensure violent incidents can be investigated and offenders prosecuted.
  • Venues required to maintain incident registers at all times to record incidents involving violence and anti-social behaviour.
  • From October, all staff serving alcohol and security guards must hold responsible service of alcohol (RSA) competency cards or valid interim certificates to ensure up-to-date training.
  • Licensed ‘party boat’ vessels banned from picking up or dropping off patrons in the CBD after midnight.
  • Glass drinking vessels banned after midnight in venues designated by the Secretary of NSW Trade & Investment due to a risk of violence.
  • From October, RSA Marshals must be employed during high risk trading periods in venues designated by the Secretary of NSW Trade & Investment due to a risk of violence.

Measures to make the CBD environment safer:

  • High visibility policing within and on the fringes of the CBD and Kings Cross precincts, with a focus on licensed premises and transport points.
  • Police, OLGR compliance inspectors, Council rangers, Precinct Ambassadors, security officers, CCTV operators and other precinct custodians to stage coordinated joint briefings on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • 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 to provide 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 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 zones to make it easier for passengers to access this mode of transport.