The second Keep Sydney Open Rally
For the second time, thousands of people took to the streets of Sydney last weekend to urge the New South Wales government to rethink its policies on nightlife and lockouts.
Following a march, which was attended by over 10,000 people, speakers included Hayley Mary, lead singer of The Jezabels, Urthboy, City of Sydney Councillor (and all round legend) Jess Scully and Keep Sydney Open’s Tyson Koh. Live performances came from some of Sydney hip hop’s finest artists, Joyride, Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate and Jackie Onasis. We sent photographer Adam Davis-Powell along to capture it all. The full album can be found on Facebook.
The Keep Sydney Open Facebook page says. “Opposition to the lockouts have brought more citizens of New South Wales onto the streets than any other cause this year. If Mike Baird is making a commitment to listening to community feedback, then he has no choice but to abandon the lockout laws.
Keep Sydney Open recommends evidence based policy, including:
1. Developing best-practice policing strategies;
2. Investing in 24/7 public transport;
3. Implementing integrated urban planning reform;
4. Encouraging diversification of after-dark activities;
5. Establishing anti-violence education & intervention campaigns;
6. Incentivising well-run venues; and
7. Appointing a Night Mayor.
Keep Sydney Open recommends the lifting of the 1:30am lockout, the lifting of 3:00am cease of service and the lifting of the 10:00pm takeaway laws and the removal of the freeze of liquor license applications in inner-city entertainment districts, in conjunction with the above.
We will work with the government and relevant stakeholders in any way we can to improve the living standard of all Sydneysiders.”
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