New proposals for Kings Cross include “wind down hour” and free lollipops

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Sydney club district Kings Cross has been a media talking point (again) in recent weeks, following the death of 18-year-old Thomas Kelly after an unprovoked attack. Now politicians, publicans and newspaper columnists have all entered the debate about how to make the Cross safer for the thousands of people who stream into the area each weekend to go clubbing and bar-hopping and McDonalds eating. Some suggestions, like those of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore to “say no more venues in this area and scale back the existing ones”, have proven to be controversial, and the discussions are showing no signs of slowing down.

One truly curveball idea for curbing anti-social behaviour has emerged from council documents, as reported by The Daily Telegraph: “One interesting measure used by a pub in England was to give free lollipops to patrons as they left because they were less likely to make noise while they were eating a lollipop.” As part of “dispersal plans”, punters leaving venues after 2am could apparently be issued with lollipops to reduce disturbance for residents. The council documents also proposed: “We will work with venues and the NSW government to introduce options such as a wind-down hour as a standard practice, where alcohol is not served, lights are made brighter and music slows down.” (They’re not talking about Moombahton.)

A commuity forum is set to be held tonight, Tuesday 17 July, at the Sydney Town Hall to discuss issues of violence in the Cross. Ahead of the panel, NSW Hospitality Minister George Souris appeared on ABC Radio, speculating: “Drug-taking, the use of methamphetamines, the use of steroids…has created a far bigger social problem, and bad behaviour that emanates from that is not solely the responsibility of alcohol. You can’t just isolate the whole issue to licensed venues.”


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Dakova_Dae said on the 17th Jul, 2012

Far out, surprised a "naughty corner" proposal didnt make the list!


chris90 said on the 17th Jul, 2012

"They're not talking about Moombahton" hahaha yes


ticketsplease said on the 17th Jul, 2012

havent we been here before.


kickedthebucket said on the 17th Jul, 2012

Free googz to punters as they leave. Violence will drop 50%


andosound said on the 17th Jul, 2012

Free lollipops!!! WOOOOO!!!!


Amosse said on the 17th Jul, 2012

I sense the lollipops will be used as dangerous projectiles.


woodyb said on the 17th Jul, 2012

what a silly council we have.


twistedbydesign said on the 17th Jul, 2012

MDMA in the lollipops and it could possibly work.


Weinertron said on the 17th Jul, 2012

just any MDMA in general will be fine


DigDeep said on the 17th Jul, 2012

Maybe funds should be spent on arresting violent aggressive people that don't know how to behave once they have had a few drinks instead of closing the venues full of people having a good time...just a thought!


Chemo said on the 18th Jul, 2012

Just came back from holidays in Europe and can't help but find it strange that it is the countries where you don't have ridiculous liquor and licensing laws and instead just have a good town drinking out on the streets, where you don't see much violence at all, probably because people are left to educate themselves rather than having nanny state after them. The only country where I've witnessed drunk violence has, funny that, been the UK- which contrary to France, Spain or German, has similar silly laws like we got here.


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kevinth said on the 18th Jul, 2012

did someone say free lollipops? you got my attention...


Jamiekoko said on the 18th Jul, 2012

What do you think? Post your comment...


sounds_echoed said on the 18th Jul, 2012

i think they should wind back the trading hours to 8PM lockout and 10PM close so we can have a lot of drunk people roam the streets well before midnight with nothing better to do.

shut down the clubs early, grab a bag of popcorn and settle in for some proper fights because everyone will look to substitute music entertainment with something else and it's definitely going to be with fighting.

Balls Deep

Balls Deep said on the 18th Jul, 2012

Next months headline: 'Man chokes on lollipops, council meats to propose ban on the killer confectionary'


sounds_echoed said on the 19th Jul, 2012

Lollipops used to gouge victims eyes out. Shut down clubs at sunset.

Claire Rogers

Claire Rogers said on the 19th Jul, 2012

all i have to say is THANKYOU! couldn't have said it better myself now how do we tell those idiots in government cause clearly they havent been to Europe or anywhere outside of the rocks they live under

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 24th Jul, 2012

You're all missing the point: free lollipops. There is fucking nothing wrong with free lollipops and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.