By Annette Shailer and Amelia Ball

Supporters of NSW hotels named in the State Government’s list of 48 most ‘at risk’ venues are hitting back at the new restrictions through Facebook and the grassroots campaign, Don’t Punish Us.

The controversial Government regulations have seen the 48 venues slapped with a 2:00am lockout, while after midnight, a ban on shots and cocktails is also enforced, with only plastic to be served and a 10-minute freeze on alcohol sales every hour.

The measures are part of the Government’s attempt to address alcohol-related violence, with the list of premises including popular Sydney venues Cargo Bar, The Steyne Hotel, The Oxford Hotel and Stonewall Hotel.

Don’t Punish Us is headed by consultant David Hempton and has drawn more than 8000 petitioners and photographed supporters, while the Facebook site has around 15,000 members. 

“We need even more people to have their say to show the State Government that this is a violation of civil liberties and the legislation is illogical and counter-productive,” Hempton said.

Contrary to media reports, Don’t Punish Us is not an AHA campaign.

“They were happy to give their support and helped me get in contact with the appropriate hoteliers, but this is grassroots. It’s me who calls these venues to unite their patrons’ voices.”

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The Shout Team

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