The City of Newcastle Council, working with Liquor and Gaming NSW, has proposed a 6-month trial of extended trading hours for participating small bars and restaurants to support local venues and rejuvenate the night time economy.
The department was asked to facilitate an amendment to the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012 (Newcastle LEP) to facilitate the trial for 26 participating small bars and restaurants in Newcastle.
The trial commenced on 1 October 2020 and will run for six months.
Rejuvenating Newcastle’s Night Time Economy
The department asked for your feedback on an Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) for a proposed SEPP amendment to the Newcastle LEP. The amendment is for an exempt development provision to bridge the different in trading hours between those on a venue’s development consent and the standard trading hours for these venues allowed under the Liquor Act 2007:
The Newcastle LEP would facilitate the following changes to trading hours for:
- participating small bars: extend trading hours until 2am (as per the Liquor Act 2007).
- participating restaurants: extend trading hours until 12am (Monday – Saturday) or under 10pm on Sunday (as per the Liquor Act 2007).