Revolutionizing Night-Time Security

Revolutionizing Night-Time Security

Revolutionizing Night-Time Security

The NSW Government is gearing up for a significant transformation in how security guards oversee night-time hotspots, asserting that the prevailing “bouncer culture” in the state has become excessively forceful. In a strategic move to revitalize Sydney’s struggling nightlife, the Minns Government is set to endorse a business-driven trial that will relocate security guards from the entrances of bars and licensed premises within specified precincts across Sydney.

Under the proposed plan, security guards would no longer be individually hired by licensed premises; instead, they would be employed and funded collectively by the precinct itself, with contributions from participating businesses in the area. The trial aims to encourage a shift in the way security is managed, envisioning security guards patrolling the broader precinct area rather than stationed at the doors of individual establishments. This new approach would prompt individual bars or clubs to assign their own staff to welcome patrons at the entrance.

Minister for Music and the Night-Time Economy, John Graham, believes that adopting a precinct model for security could reshape perceptions of the existing bouncer culture. A survey by the Night Time Industries Association revealed that many young Sydneysiders find current security practices intimidating and discouraging for a good night out.

Graham envisions a move away from the confrontational atmosphere created by strict lockout laws, aiming for a more relaxed and welcoming night-time culture. Similar security models have been successful in busy areas of London and Brighton in the UK and Washington in the United States.

The proposed precincts eligible for this security overhaul align with the 21 suburbs identified under the Uptown Grant program, offering financial support to transform local areas into thriving nightlife hubs. The NSW Government will actively encourage businesses in these precincts to consider the new security approach.

By promoting a precinct model, the government seeks to acknowledge and celebrate the diverse characters of Sydney and other cities and regions in NSW. Minister Graham emphasizes the need for local businesses to collaborate, generate innovative ideas, and receive support from local councils to bring about positive changes in neighbourhood nightscapes. The ultimate goal is to rebuild Sydney and regional centers, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, reflecting the unique diversity of the population. The proposed shift in security measures aligns with the broader vision of creating a more inclusive and relaxed atmosphere for residents and visitors enjoying the nightlife in NSW.

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