Working with AusComply and others, Erina pub Sunken Monkey has upgraded its venue to best-practise methodology, including ditching the paper-based register and creating a framework for staff and management. It is now off the violent venues list.
Amongst a raft of tweaks in the new Liquor Regulation 2018, which took effect 1 September, NSW Liquor & Gaming has mandated that any venue required to maintain an incident register will also need to ensure they record incidents involving “possession or use on the premises of any substance suspected of being a prohibited plant or drug”.
Keep Sydney Open, though an admirable institution in terms of organisational prowess and populist appeal, isn’t necessarily looking to compromise on the laws. That’s where City Safe comes in. An initiative spearheaded by AusComply, this anti-lockout laws proposal takes what some have described as a more even-handed approach to O’Farrell’s lockout law legislation.
A lobby of roughly 20 Sydney hoteliers and other stakeholders has formed the City Safe proposal - a strategy that will see manifestly compliant venues push for exemptions to lockout legislation. Jason Thomas and Clive Dillen, directors of AusComply, have volunteered to work as the public faces of the City Safe movement.
Australia’s tightening focus on social harms related to drug and alcohol use are forcing stricter controls that rely on unqualified workers to make what is almost a medical diagnosis. “The problem with the legislation as it is, people get angry because they are kicked out from a venue when they know they are OK, because the venue is scared of being seen to do the wrong thing,” says AusComply’s Jason Thomas.
Research out of NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has confirmed the displacement of violence from Sydney’s ‘locked out’ entertainment zones, further confirming the flaws in the laws. Displacement of alcohol-fuelled violence to precincts around the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross has shown a statistically significant increase – 12 per cent in the immediate surrounds and 17 per cent in some nearby precincts.
Relaxation of the city’s lockout laws for venues promoting live music has left the door ajar for a new industry push to have conditions revoked on a case-by-case basis. A group of high-profile hoteliers and property owners have joined forces with AusComply to lobby the State Government for a further mitigation of lockout laws for venues who can prove they are playing by the rules.
The City Safe campaign started collecting signatures for its petition to the NSW Government while participating in the latest Keep Sydney Open rally. AusComply directors Jason Thomas and Clive Dillen have become the public faces of the movement, and were at the rally with other volunteers collecting signatures for the petition.
A lobby of roughly 20 Sydney hoteliers and other stakeholders has formed the City Safe proposal – a strategy that will see manifestly compliant venues push for exemptions to lockout legislation. Jason Thomas and Clive Dillen, directors of AusComply, have volunteered to work as the public faces of City Safe movement.
In a special article for the Australian pub industry, Sam Coffey offers a staged solution he believes will see business improve to standards higher than prior to the lockout trade restrictions, including increased revenue and patron experience, and a safer, happier, more productive community, with an increased experience of wellbeing.