By Triana O'Keefe, editor Australian Hotelier
The New South Wales Government has confirmed it will lift the 1.30am lockout restrictions on New Year's Eve.
Deputy Premier and liquor and hospitality minister Troy Grant said the decision was commonsense for what is the biggest night on the Sydney calendar.
“Sydney is the greatest city in the world to spend New Year’s Eve and I want people to have fun, be safe and look after their mates," he told The Daily Telegraph.
“We recognise people want to celebrate the start of the New Year — but we also want to maintain there will be no change to the last drinks at 3am or the tough measures we have implemented to protect the community," he said.
“This is about striking the right balance between common sense, industry and individual responsibility.”