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New legislation passed in December 2013 to regulate Kings Cross venues has been used as a basis for more far-reaching reforms passed on 30 January 2014 as the Liquor Amendment Act 2014.

New legislation passed in December 2013 to regulate Kings Cross venues has been used as a basis for more far-reaching reforms passed on 30 January 2014 as the Liquor Amendment Act 2014.

Recent changes to the liquor licensing legislation significantly impact on the development potential of land in affected areas. Moreover, new regulations impose greater burdens on licensees in the newly defined Sydney entertainment district, where new 1.30am lock-out and 3am cease service rules apply. In those areas, a range of offences have been added to the category of “strike” offences, which can give rise to severe commercial consequences.

The Liquor Amendment (Kings Cross Plan of Management) Act 2013 (the Act) commenced on 6 December 2013. It adds further regulatory requirements to those first imposed under the Liquor Amendment (Kings Cross Plan of Management) Act 2012. Both pieces of legislation were said to be designed to “tackle alcohol-related violence” in the Kings Cross precinct.

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