While revelers rejoice at the announcement that the Sydney CBD exclusion legislation will be lifted, those who want a long night at Kings Cross will be left disappointed.
The 1.30-hour lock-out laws are abolished in the CBD, but remain in force in the city's famous party district.
New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that much has changed since the controversial laws were first introduced in 2014.
As some residents rejoice in the announcement, the Sydney CBD exclusion laws will be lifted. People at Kings Cross don't get the same concession
The lockout laws of 1.30 am will be abolished in the CBD, but will still remain in force at Kings Cross
According to the legislation, night clubs and bars in the city, Kings Cross, Haymarket, Surry Hills, Cockle Bay and Darlinghurst areas are required to refuse people access after 1.30 am and stop serving alcohol at 3 am.
They will now be lifted everywhere, except for Kings Cross, where the number of attacks has fallen by 53 percent since the introduction of the law.
However, attacks increased by 30 percent in other parts of Sydney outside the CBD.
In a statement, Ms Berejiklian said it was time to address concerns and lengthy criticism of the exclusion laws.
& # 39; While awaiting the committee's report, I agree that it is time to improve Sydney's nightlife, & # 39; said Mrs. Berejiklian.
& # 39; Sydney is Australia's only metropolis and we need our nightlife to reflect that. & # 39;
Mrs. Berejiklian elaborated on her comments while speaking The Sunday Telegraph.
& # 39; The night economy is an important driver for jobs in our city and we must do everything we can to strengthen it & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; Community security will always be an important concern for my government, but we certainly need a balanced approach. & # 39;
Mrs Berejiklian said that the lockout laws will be lifted by the end of the year, but her government could reintroduce them if problems arise.
New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian (photo) said that much has changed since the controversial laws were first introduced in 2014
The most vocal group against the exclusion laws, the Keep Sydney open Party, posted an official statement praising the move.
& # 39; This is a huge moment & # 39 ;, was the statement.
& # 39; Years of campaigns have led us to this point. We must all be very proud of our dedication, hard work and perseverance. & # 39;
However, the statement also highlighted some remaining questions and also asked why Kings Cross was excluded.
& # 39; There are still many details that are unclear. Why has Kings Cross been left out? What about Oxford Street? & # 39; the statement continues.
& # 39; When are closing times? Anyway, from now on we all have to do our best to rebuild the nightlife, the live music scene and the local culture of our city. & # 39;
The legislation was introduced in 2014 in an effort to reduce alcohol-related violence after the one-time death of Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie.
Although some groups have welcomed the news, it has been criticized as & # 39; premature & # 39; through the Keep Sydney Safe campaign of relief workers in NSW.
Spokesperson Tony Sara argues that the announcement is worrying, given that the committee report has not yet been published and has called on Ms Berejiklian to disclose the findings.
& # 39; The committee's process is not being respected … Since the committee's report is being effectively ignored, we have no idea how they have weighed or projected known risk factors to maintain safety, & # 39; Sara said in a statement on Sunday.
He said that health care workers are suffering the consequences of dismantling the & # 39; knew all too well and warned that the attack figures would increase if they were withdrawn.
The most vocal group against the exclusion laws, the Keep Sydney open Party, posted an official statement praising the move, but said that details needed to be ironed out
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