Glass ban and drink limit planned for Kings Cross
Wed 15th Aug, 2012 Newsin
Sydney club district Kings Cross has once again been at the centre of media interest over the last month, following the death of 18-year-old Thomas Kelly in an unprovoked assault. We recently went in-depth on the flow-on effect for clubs in the Cross, gathering the perspectives of venue owners and promoters. While calls for better transport options and an increase in the street presence of police patrols have been at the centre of the discussion, Hospitality Minister George Souris also launched a four-day compliance audit of 58 venues in Kings Cross.
Now, according to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald, a proposed change announced by the state government will see shots and doubles banned after midnight and no glassware in all Kings Cross licensed venues. The proposal was raised by The Premier, Barry O’Farrell, in question time. Under the new measures, no more than four drinks will be able to be bought at any one time after midnight. The Cross venues have until 3 September to respond to the proposal. As O’Farrell is quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald article: “The unfortunate conclusion is that in the Cross, you will continue to be sold alcohol until you are so drunk you are thrown out – and the problem is transferred to the streets.” We’ll have more as the story develops.
On Wednesday 1 August, Time Out Sydney and FBi Radio staged a forum, Cross Roads: What’s next for Sydney nightlife, with inthemix Editor Jack Tregoning on the panel alongside Lord Mayor Clover Moore, sociologist Dr James Arvanitakis, Small Bars Association president Martin O’Sullivan, FBi Radio’s president Cass Wilkinson and Matt Noffs from the Ted Noffs Foundation. You can see some of the opinions aired in the ten-minute video edit below.