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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.

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.

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"

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