Support Your Local Music Scene: Sign The Petition To Keep Sydney Open
If you’re a Sydneysider, there’s a strong chance you’ve experienced the effects of the city’s lockout laws firsthand over the past couple of years. At the very least, you’ve heard your mates go on about it. As per the NSW Government, you can no longer enter a pub, club or music venue in the CBD after 1.30am, and alcoholic drinks aren’t to be sold on licensed premises after 3am.
Among many other damaging consequences, the laws have gone a long way towards earning the title of “nanny state”; the general consensus among (rightfully) disgruntled citizens is that the law-abiding majority are being punished for the actions of a scumbag few, and that the city’s nightlife has become a husk of its former self. The comment thread on Premier Mike Baird’s Facebook post, which praises the apparent successes of the lockout laws, features input from performers, promoters and members of the media, with all of them focusing on the fact that countless small business owners, musicians and hospitality staff have lost their jobs as a result of the laws.
If there’s any light to be found at the end of this grey, Sydney-shaped tunnel, it’s that some likeminded members of the local music community – from venues and cultural organisations to generally concerned citizens – have banded together under the Keep Sydney Open banner to do just that. As it stands, the petition, which was actually launched two years ago, is just shy of its target of 40,000 signatures. The message to Mike Baird is one of cooperation, which stresses that “with considered, innovative policies we can achieve a desired outcome together”, while the group states that they’ll “keep making your voice heard until we get safer streets in a global city”.
If you haven’t already, you can sign the petition to Keep Sydney Open, and stay in touch with the group via Facebook and their website. If nothing else, your favourite local bands, venues and promoters will thank you.
Read Keep Sydney Open’s letter to Mike Baird below.
TO: PREMIER MIKE BAIRD
Watch Keep Sydney Open’s Tyson Koh discuss the Sydney lockout laws.