19th March 2016
About 1,000 people have marched through the centre of Sydney to the Star City casino in a protest against the city’s CBD lockout laws.
The protesters are marching under the Reclaim the Streets banner.
Many of the protesters took aim at the city’s existing Star City casino and the Barangaroo development.
The NSW Government has been criticised for excluding the James Packer-owned Barangaroo development,
which will contain a casino, and the Crown Casino complex at Darling Harbour from the lockout zone.
Some of those marching questioned whether this was linked to the millions Star City had donated to political parties.
NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon was among those present.
The NSW Government introduced the laws in 2014 in response to anti-social behaviour in the CBD and pressure from sections of the media.
Venues in a CBD zone including Kings Cross, Darling Harbour, The Rocks have been hit hard by restrictions on serving shots of alcohol after 10:00pm.
New customers are not permitted after 1:30am and no alcohol can be served after 3:00am.
In February, about 8,000 people gathered to protest against the laws.
Protesters say apartment development projects are already honing in on sites where music venues once stood.