of particular interest is the last few paragraphs:


DESPITE a stringent set of restrictions being imposed on clubs and pubs in Newcastle for the past five years, alcohol-related assaults in the city haven’t decreased any more than in similar-sized cities in NSW.

The Newcastle Herald compiled figures using the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research showing that assaults in licensed premises in Newcastle dropped almost 30per cent from September 2008 to September 2013.

This drop occurred after the so-called ‘‘Newcastle solution’’ was introduced following a string of late-night attacks in the city.

Yet violence has been curtailed at a higher rate in some NSW cities of similar size.

In Penrith, alcohol-related assaults in the same period were down 56.16per cent, in Wollongong they were down 30.97per cent and in the Sutherland Shire down 47.7 per cent.

Gosford (down 28.8per cent) reduced assaults about on par with Newcastle