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SHOULD 'KEEP SYDNEY OPEN' RUN FOR NSW PARLIAMENT?

If you think the answer is yes, then we need members:

Then you’ll need to:

  1. Print the form
  2. Complete it by hand
    • Your address needs to be the one where you are registered to vote in NSW
  3. Return it as soon as possible
  4. The NSW electoral commission may mail you a letter asking you if you have joined, it’s vital you reply.

Thank you for your support, we're excited about this next chapter and the future of Sydney's nightlife.

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ABOUT

WE SUPPORT SAFE NIGHTS IN A GLOBAL CITY.
WE SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC.
OUR MISSION IS TO KEEP SYDNEY OPEN!

In February, 2014 the NSW State Government imposed a suite of restrictions on inner city venues including a 1.30am lockout. In response, Keep Sydney Open was formed by a variety of key Sydney live music and performance venues, cultural organisations, artists and music industry stakeholders, joining together to highlight the unfair imposition these tough laws have had on those who work and play in this city.

Crucial live music venues in Sydney have closed, several hundred jobs have been lost and the magic around our city is fading. All this for a minimal impact on violence, which was shown to be in decline since small-bar licenses were granted in 2008.

We have distinctly chosen to avoid any beer-barns, alcohol companies and liquor industry groups from our alliance, because we believe that there are better things about nightlife than just the consumption and sale of alcohol.

This is not about entertainment vs safety. We believe that both can be achieved simultaneously, and that our legislators have an obligation to preserve freedoms for law-abiding citizens while making a night out safer.

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Research

Keep Sydney Open supports a rigorous, transparent, evidence-based approach to ensuring a safe and vibrant night time economy. Our analysis surveys the social, cultural and economic costs of the liquor law reforms and casts doubt on their effectiveness.

We’re all about being open and encourage greater scrutiny of available evidence. Here you’ll find our submissions and analysis, and links to key data and sources.

We advocate for a more considered and nuanced response to alcohol-fuelled violence including proven measures around policing, transport, planning, diversification of after-dark activity, anti-violence education campaigns, positive incentives for licensees and the introduction of a night mayor.

There is much that can be done before imposing curfews.

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    CONTACT

    IF YOU ARE A SYDNEY MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE VENUE, CULTURAL ORGANISATION, ARTIST OR MUSIC INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDER AND WANT TO JOIN US OR SEEK MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE CONTACT DETAILS BELOW:

     

    Media
    media@keepsydneyopen.com

    General Enquiries
    Maddy Dwyer
    maddy@keepsydneyopen.com

    Campaign Manager
    Tyson Koh
    tyson@keepsydneyopen.com

     
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