Calls To Save Sydney's Pubs From Killjoys
Back in the day, having a quiet beer or two at your local watering hole was part and parcel of many Sydney-siders upbringing, and considered almost a rite of passage.
Fast forward to 2018 and the traditional pub culture as we once knew it is on life support, due in part to noise complaints, lockout laws and over the top regulations forcing change upon publicans.
Mayor of the Inner West Council, Darcy Byrne has spoken out in an opinion piece for the Daily Telegraph, lamenting changes that have seen several pubs either shut down or forced to stop providing entertainment such as live music.
The Henson Park Hotel in 1936. This Tuesday Council will vote on my motion to initiate new heritage protections to safeguard the public bar of historic institutions like the Henson 🍺🍷🥃 Send me a pic of a long standing Inner West pub that you want to see protected. pic.twitter.com/TnyKDaBDAT— Darcy Byrne (@MayorDarcy) June 23, 2018
Mr Byrne claims that councils, liquor regulators and and licensing police have become a 'fun police force' that is killing off the pub scene.
He points to the recent closures or planned redevelopment of venues including The Four In Hand in Paddington, the Swanson Hotel in Eveleigh, the Hopetoun Hotel in Surry Hills, Hugo's Bar and Lounge in Kings Cross and Scruffy Murphy's in the CBD.
Mr Byrne wants to legislate new heritage protections for Sydney's historic pubs to save them them from future residential or commercial developments.
I’ve just submitted a motion to Council to start the process of putting heritage protection in place for very long standing pubs in the Inner West🍷🍺🥧 We can’t afford to lose our famous pub culture.— Darcy Byrne (@MayorDarcy) May 29, 2018
He believes, "It's time to protect the pubs that have been so central to the story of our city, so that they remain open for future generations of Sydney-siders to enjoy"