AHA Newcastle Hunter President Rolly de With - Image by Newcastle Herald
Australian Hotels Association (AHA) – Newcastle Hunter President Rolly de With has joined AHA NSW CEO John Whelan in welcoming the removal of the lockout laws across Sydney’s CBD, saying it will undoubtedly help to re-invigorate the night-time economy.
The 1.30am lockout laws will be removed from venues across the Sydney CBD and Oxford Street from Tuesday, 14 January 2020.
“On behalf of our local hospitality industry we welcome this important decision made by the NSW Government which will undoubtedly go a long way in ensuring the future of Sydney’s night-time economy,” Mr de With said.
“It is our hope that this decision will mark a turning point both for the city of Sydney, and eventually Newcastle, in reaching their full potentials as vibrant, diverse and economically viable cities after dark.”
“It is our hope that this decision will mark a turning point both for the city of Sydney, and eventually Newcastle, in reaching their full potentials as vibrant, diverse and economically viable
cities after dark...”
A potential review of Newcastle’s current interventions, based on the success of Sydney’s relaxation of restrictions, was included in the suite of recommendations provided by the Joint Select Committee on Sydney’s Night Time Economy.
“Since interventions were imposed upon Newcastle in 2008 our city has undergone significant change including unprecedented development within the business and tourism sectors and hosting national and international sporting events such as the Supercars Newcastle 500,” Mr de With said.
“We hope this decision made by the State Government will act as a catalyst in allowing Newcastle the chance to also move forward without the interventions of the past.”