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SA Government releases its response to Late Night Code review

THE South Australian Government last week released its response to the review of the Late Night Code and announced changes to make it easier for venues to have live music.

Deputy Premier John Rau said the Late Night Code was reviewed following the first year of operation, which he said has resulted in a significant drop in alcohol related offences and anti-social behaviour in the CBD.

Adelaide Festival Centre
Above: Adelaide Festival Centre at night with River Torrens in the foreground / by Keir Gravil.

"The Review made a total of 18 recommendations, of which we are accepting 13, three are supported with amendments, one will be subject to further consultation and one is not supported," Mr Rau said.

"This review has highlighted the success of the code overall, but has suggested some tweaks to some elements of it.

"We have accepted most of these, with some striking a compromise between what was recommended and the current requirement to ensure disruption to licensed premises is minimised."

Mr Rau said the Government would also introduce new legislation to cut red tape and make it easier for licenced premises to host live music.

The changes to the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 that will mean venues no longer have to apply to have live music before midnight Venues wishing to have live music after midnight will still be required to make an application.

"We believe these changes strike the right balance between protecting residents from noise issues and removing unnecessary and obstructionist red tape for our music and hospitality industry," Mr Rau said.

Photo: Adelaide Festival Centre at night with River Torrens in the foreground / Keir Gravil / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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