Lock Out Laws Signal a Vibrant New Life for Sydney Icon

The Sydney Business Chamber says today’s repealing of the Kings Cross lock out laws paves the way for the breathing of new life into this Sydney icon as something more than a late night drinking spot into an after-dark entertainment and cultural precinct that every global city needs.

“This is a great opportunity to realise the full potential of Kings Cross as a diverse, inclusive and economically valuable addition to the city as a place not simply centred around late night drinking,” said Katherine O’Regan, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.

“Historically the Cross has a rich diversity of characters and places like the Minerva and the Hays Theatres and we now have the opportunity to transform it into a culturally significant, fun and safe precinct for people of all ages to enjoy at night.”

“There are many public spaces along this strip on the edge of city that can be given a make-over and turned into a vibrant place to gather for supper or a drink after seeing a show, in an environment that celebrates diversity and inclusion for locals and tourists of all ages.”

“Al-fresco dining and street performance art along with small bars and licensed cafes will create a new look and character into this once rich Sydney icon. It can be somewhere families can visit safely by combining dining and entertainment for everyone with opportunities to enjoy art, music or simply wander the laneways and use the parks.’

“Sydney’s late-night drinking scene has matured since the laws were first introduced to curb alcohol fueled violence and with clever planning and security measures, Kings Cross can accommodate the needs of a much broader clientele in a safe and vibrant atmosphere that every truly global city needs.”

Media contact: David Peters 0413 872 491
Sydney Business Chamber has been the leading voice for business in Sydney for nearly 200 years. We advocate, influence and deliver policies and outcomes to drive economic growth and create opportunities to invest, work, live and visit our city.

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David Peters

Public Affairs Manager, Sydney Business Chamber