Chapter one identifies safety as the primary concern when discussing Sydney's night time economy. It recognises the concerns raised by police and emergency services workers about the risks associated with any changes to the current regulatory environment. The Committee acknowledges the harms caused by excessive alcohol consumption, and is of the view that work needs to be done to diversify the night-time economy to ensure non-alcohol based options are available for people to enjoy safely.
Chapter two acknowledges that the Kings Cross precinct has historically been unique and requires a specific, nuanced approach. The Committee finds that Kings Cross was a frequent destination for late-night partying, excessive alcohol consumption and often, violence. Action was required to break this cycle of anti-social behaviour, which came in the form of the liquor sale restrictions in 2014.
Chapter three recognises that while the 2014 laws improved safety in the relevant precincts, there has been a subsequent negative impact on Sydney's night-time economy. The Committee recommends the development of a governance framework to ensure there is sufficient oversight of the growth of Sydney's nightlife.
Chapter four recognises the importance of night-time industries to the economy, and highlights the importance of providing options for all members of the community. The Committee found that increasing the diversity of activities, particularly those not centred around alcohol, can encourage a variety of people to engage with Sydney after dark. In turn, this will support a safe and exciting city.
Chapter five recognises the importance of a preventative approach, and identifies ways venues can ensure safe environments. The Committee acknowledges that Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training has improved the understanding around what responsibilities a venue has when serving alcohol. Additionally, cultural attitudes and awareness around responsible alcohol consumption have improved. The Committee recommends that venues continue this, and further engage with additional RSA programmes.
Chapter six identifies the importance of transport in ensuring patron safety, and acknowledges that a number of stakeholders identified a lack of transport options as a contributing factor to violent incidents occurring late at night.
Chapter seven identifies a number of reviews to be undertaken to support the recommendations in this report.