Have your say – review of the 10pm take-away liquor sales restriction has commenced in rural and regional NSW

In February 2014, the NSW Government introduced a statewide 10pm restriction on take-away liquor sales – a measure designed to reduce alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour in the community. The restriction applies to all liquor stores, hotels, registered clubs, and other venues that are licensed to sell take-away liquor, either from a designated area or from across the bar, including online liquor sales.

The Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing in the Department of Justice has commenced a review of the impact of the 10pm take-away liquor sales restriction, in line with the Government’s response to the ‘Statutory review of the Liquor Act 2007 and the Gaming and Liquor Administration Act 2007’.

The review will be conducted in two stages. This first stage of the review commenced today and focuses on the impacts in regional NSW in recognition of the particular needs of rural and remote communities.

Further consultation will be undertaken in stage two of the review, which will commence in 2016. Stage two will expand the review to also consider impacts in metropolitan areas – including the Sydney metropolitan area and the local government areas of Blue Mountains, Wollondilly, Gosford, Wyong, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Wollongong.

If you wish to participate in the consultation process please confirm your interest by responding to this e-mail by Friday, 7 August. You can then schedule an interview with OLGR and give your feedback on the impacts of the restriction in rural and regional NSW, including:

• views on the appropriateness and effectiveness of the restriction;
• impacts of geographic, socioeconomic and seasonal factors;
• the financial impact of the restriction;
• unintended consequences of the restriction; and
• views on future policy direction in relation to take-away liquor sales.

Participation in the consultation process is completely voluntary, however you are encouraged to share your views on the impact of the restriction in rural and regional NSW.

Visit the OLGR website for more information http://www.olgr.nsw.gov.au/liquor_home.asp