BY IAN CROUCH
The state government will remove late-night lockouts and drinks restrictions in Newcastle in a 12 month trial set to start on July 1.
24 of the city’s pubs and nightclubs will be invited to take part in the trial, which will allow venues to trade until 3.30am, provided they have development consent to do so.
Customer Service Minister, Victor Dominello says the move aims to boost the city’s night-time economy.
Inner-city Newcastle and Hamilton are the only locations in NSW where lockouts are still in place.
Opponents say the lockouts have led to a dramatic cut in alcohol-fueled violence in the city.