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Newcastle After Dark - Phase 2 Trial

Enjoy Newcastle's vibrant culture, support local venues and help unlock our night-time economy as we move to Phase 2 of the trial to include pubs and clubs

Newcastle After Dark - Phase 2 Trial

City of Newcastle is committed to creating a safe and vibrant night-time economy. Newcastle After Dark 2018-2022 is Newcastle's first specific strategy for guiding the development of the city's night-time economy. The strategy identifies six priority areas including strategic alcohol management, night-time economic development and cultural participation and activation.

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The NSW Government is expanding the trial to ease liquor restrictions in specific areas of Newcastle.

The NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello announced on the 31 March that following the successful evaluation of the stage 1 trial, which related to low impact venues in Newcastle, the State Government would be initiating a stage 2 trial (statement of regulatory intent). The stage 2 trial would run for a period of 12 months and will include relaxation of;

  • Lockout conditions, so patrons can enter pubs after 1am until closing time;
  • Liquor trading hours to be extended from 3am to 3.30am, provided development consent is in place to allow the venue to stay open; and
  • Restrictions to be lifted on the types of drinks that may be served, allowing higher strength cocktails, neat spirits and shooters.

A total of 22 venues have signed up for the State-led trial.

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To support the community and local business through the phase 2 trial, the City of Newcastle has reviewed its Newcastle After Dark Strategy, along with the Community Survey conducted in 2020, and identified a range of support projects to implement in support of the trial.

CN is undertaking to deliver the following projects :

  • Night Safe Program: Revised program in partnership with Not-for-Profit Organisations to ensure proactive harm minimisation and support for nightlife participants.
  • Community Consultation: CN will conduct the Newcastle After Dark Survey, City Centre Resident Survey and In-Venue data collection via the Patron Survey as part of the continued surveying of participant and general community to understand sentiment and behaviour.
  • Walk Smart Network: A revised map for pedestrian mobility routes and integration into the City of Newcastle App designed to ensure that community can move around the city at night in a safe and effective manner.
  • Night-time Activations: Interactive infrastructure and performance activations in key public space locations within the Walk Smart Network to provide active surveillance.
  • Pick Up Drop Off Zones (PUDOs): Designated pick up/drop off points for private vehicle and rideshare services within 50m of Trial venues.

Pick Up Drop Off Zones

To align with the Night Time Licence Premises Trial Stage 2, the introduction of designated Pick Up Drop Off (PUDO) zones has been implemented at the following venues: 

  • Cambridge Hotel
  • Crown & Anchor Hotel
  • The Beaumont Exchange Hotel
  • Hamilton Station Hotel
  • Kent Hotel
  • King Street Hotel
  • Great Northern Hotel
  • Northern Star Hotel
  • The Lucky Hotel Newcastle
  • Sydney Junction Hotel
  • Queens Wharf Brewery Hotel
  • MJ Finnegans
  • Bar Petite
  • Newcastle Hotel
  • The Station Newcastle NSW


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PUDO restrictions will not affect day-time trade and the zones have been planned to operate in support of activity associated with the late-night economy (after 12am) to avoid impact on the surrounding businesses that contribute to the earlier evening economy. 

Contact us

Emily Davies O'Sullivan

City Activation Officer

Phone: (02) 4974 2000
Email: mail@ncc.nsw.gov.au

Contact us

Emmily Acton

Community Liaison - Night Time Economy

Phone: (02) 4974 2000
Email: mail@ncc.nsw.gov.au

Frequently asked questions

The NSW Government is introducing a Phase 2 Trial for some licensed premises in Newcastle. The trial is about changing some of the controls on how certain venues can sell alcohol and when they can sell it. The notable changes will be the ability for patrons to enter a venue until closing time. All participating venues will be able to serve cocktails, shooters and neat spirits beyond the current restricted time, which for most venues is 10pm.

Venues within the Newcastle East, Newcastle West, Civic, Honeysuckle, Hamilton, and Darby Street precincts with the relevant licence conditions were eligible for the trial. A total of 22 venues have signed up for the State-led trial. The premises have been approved by both Liquor and Gaming NSW and NSW Police to participate in the trial. Trial venues include:

  1. Argyle House
  2. Cambridge Hotel
  3. Clarendon Hotel
  4. Newcastle Hotel
  5. Crown & Anchor Hotel
  6. King Street Hotel
  7. The Beaumont Exchange Hotel
  8. Family Hotel Newcastle
  9. Grand Hotel
  10. Great Northern Hotel
  11. The Greenroof Hamilton
  12. Hamilton Station Hotel
  13. Kent Hotel
  14. Northern Star Hotel
  15. The Lucky Hotel Newcastle
  16. Customs House Hotel
  17. Sydney Junction Hotel
  18. Queens Wharf Brewery Hotel
  19. MJ Finnegans
  20. Bar Petite
  21. The Rogue Scholar
  22. The Station Newcastle

The trial runs for 12 months from 9 July 2021.

In order to support the community and local businesses through the phase 2 trial, the City of Newcastle has reviewed its Newcastle After Dark Strategy, along with the survey conducted in 2020, to identify priority projects to implement.

City of Newcastle is supporting the trial with additional initiatives to ensure the safe and effective operation of the trial. Projects include:

  • Pick Up / Drop Off Zones (PUDOs): Designated pick up/drop off points for private vehicle and rideshare services within 50m of trial venues from 12am-4am on days of operation.
  • Street Safe Program: A revised program in partnership with Not-for-Profit Organisations to ensure proactive harm minimisation and support for nightlife participants.
  • Walk Smart Network: A revised map for pedestrian mobility routes and integration into the City of Newcastle App designed to ensure that community can move around the city in a safe and effective manner.
  • Night-time Activations: Interactive infrastructure and performance activations in key public space locations within the Walk Smart Network to provide active surveillance.

The pick up drop off zones will be implemented by City of Newcastle in locations that are within 50 metres of participating venues and have minimal impact on the broader community.

The pick up drop off zones will be marked with signage and will operate between 12am and 4am to allow private vehicles or ride share services a safe place to briefly stop and drop off or pick up passengers.

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Posters will be displayed in participating venues with a QR code linking to the venue's Newcastle After Dark Survey.

All participating venues will be required to conform to Public Health Orders and have COVID Safe planning in place.

This NSW State Government led trial will be evaluated by Liquor and Gaming NSW.
Regular meetings consider data related to venue employment, changes in patronage and business turnover, changes in alcohol-related violence, other relevant offences, emergency department presentations, liquor law breaches and positive and negative impacts on local residents.
These meetings are overseen by the Committee for Night Time Jobs and Employment chaired by the Hon Mark Latham MLC.
Membership includes the State Member for Newcastle, City of Newcastle, Newcastle Police, Hunter New England Heath, Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority, Liquor and Gaming NSW, Australian Hotels Association, Newcastle Tourism Industry Group, and local community and industry representatives.

www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au/


LiquorPolicy@liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au

Project timeline

April 2022
Resident survey
A survey with local residents in the areas close to the participating venues will be conducted to find out your views and experiences during the trial
July 2022
Evaluation of trial
Alongside State Government agencies and authorities, we'll evaluate the trial using a range of measures, including community feedback
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