Sydney's CBD lockout laws have reduced the number of violent attacks and injuries, but local businesses are suffering as people head to other areas to enjoy a night out on the town.
Six months after the introduction of new liquor licensing laws, which imposed a 1:30am lockout and 3am last-drinks call in some parts of central Sydney, the effects of the crackdown on late-night alcohol consumption were starting to emerge.
The laws cover the city's hotspots including Kings Cross, Darlinghurst, Cockle Bay, The Rocks and Haymarket, and mean patrons who leave or were ejected from licensed premises after 1:30am are not allowed to re-enter.
In addition, all takeaway alcohol sales after 10pm have been stopped across the state.
The laws were announced by the New South Wales Government after calls for action following the deaths of Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly.