Newcastle's Lockout Rules Could Be Relaxed

The tough restrictions will be reviewed

Newcastle's Lockout Rules Could Be Relaxed

Newcastle's strict lock out measures could soon be eased, after the Liquor and Gaming Authority decided to review the restricitions.

Tough rules were introduced at the city's pubs and clubs in 2008 to curb escalating drunken violence - including 1am and 1:30am lockouts, and 3am and 3:30am closing times.

15 venues have also faced drink restrictions after 10pm including bans on shots and doubles and a limit of four drinks per customer.

ILGA chair Philip Crawford said the review, to be conducted by barrister Jonathan Horton QC, will give the local community, police, businesses and other groups a chance to have their say.

"The review follows a request to ILGA by the Australian Hotels Association on behalf of the 15 venues to consider revoking or changing some of the conditions,” Mr Crawford said.

“Rather than considering this request in isolation, ILGA has appointed Mr Horton to conduct a broader review and consult all relevant stakeholders in the Newcastle community.

“This is timely considering the conditions have been in place for nine years and Newcastle’s CBD has changed considerably in this time.

“This review will be guided by evidence and community feedback. We encourage everyone with a view to express it in writing.”

The 15 venues subject to the conditions are Cambridge Hotel, Civic Hotel, Clarendon Hotel, Crown & Anchor Hotel, Customs House, Ducks Nuts, Fanny’s of Newcastle, Hotel CBD, King St Hotel, Lucky Country Hotel, MJ Finnegans, Queens Wharf Brewery, Grand Hotel, Great Northern Hotel and The Dockyard.

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