Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has called for more localised strategies to address alcohol related issues in the region as an independent review of the current state-wide restriction on alcohol sales takes place.


Mr Anderson said the Tamworth and District Liquor Accord has proven their effectiveness when dealing with local alcohol related issues with measures such as no shots, lockouts and last drinks and this should be extended to decisions about take-away alcohol as well.


“I believe the current laws were brought in without consideration of regional cities and towns and without consultation with local liquor accords, who in Tamworth’s case had already implemented successful strategies to deal with alcohol related issues.


“I want to see our region empowered to make the local decisions that affect the people that live here. I cannot sit by and accept that over legislating rural and regional NSW will fix the problems facing Kings Cross.


“If more decision making power is given to the Local Liquor Accord then I believe we will continue to see tailored strategies that balance people’s freedom to make choices with the need to protect our community from harm.”


The state-wide 10pm restriction on take-away liquor sales was introduced by the NSW Government in 2015 as part of a range of liquor laws following well publicised violent acts across the Sydney CBD, namely Kings Cross.


Mr Anderson said he welcomes the independent review currently underway into the laws which will consider rural and regional areas of NSW separately to Sydney.


“This gives our community an opportunity to stand up and say one size does not fit all. We want to implement strategies that we decide will work for us, which we have shown we can achieve with great success.


“There is no doubt that we need to keep our community safe and our crime levels down but I also believe it is important that good, honest, hard-working people and businesses have the freedom to make their own choices.”


Written submissions to the review close on April 4.


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