"Mirror balls, live music and dancing are legal in NSW."
A slew of changes to outdated NSW venue laws are on the way.
The Liquor Amendment (Night Time Economy) Bill, which contains 63 amendments “which drastically reshape the legal and regulatory landscape for entertainment in NSW”, was passed by the Legislative Assembly this afternoon.
The state’s live music scene is set to benefit greatly from the overhaul, with the following entertainment conditions ceasing to have effect, as highlighted by Shadow Minister for Music and the Night Time Economy John Graham:
“For the first time we have inserted in the planning and liquor laws new provisions that make it clear that mirror balls, live music and dancing are legal in NSW,” Graham said prior to the bill passing through the Legislative Assembly.
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“These are part of sweeping changes to the bill that reshape the planning and liquor laws to provide incentives for those venues that opt for music, rather than just relying on alcohol and pokie revenue.”
Upon passing the Legislative Council last week, the changes to the Liquor Act, Planning Act, Local Government Act and the Building Code were described as the biggest overhaul of regulations on live music in New South Wales "in a generation".
Last year, Surry Hills bar Goros was forced to remove their mirror ball, while earlier this year over 30 live music venues across New South Wales had "outdated and unnecessary" liquor licence conditions removed, including mirror ball restrictions.