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New South Wales Minister for Racing Paul Toole

New South Wales Minister for the Arts Don Harwin

Lockout Exemption For Mardi Gras Parade

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Racing Paul Toole today announced that the New South Wales Government will provide an exemption to lockout requirements at venues in the Oxford Street area for the 40th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

Minister Toole said the one-off exemption means patrons can continue to be admitted at venues in the area beyond the usual 1.30 am or 2 am restrictions.


It follows arrangements for other major events, like the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross lockout exemption on New Year’s Eve, and extended Sunday night trading for certain hotels and registered clubs across New South Wales for the NRL Grand Final.

Venues will still need to cease serving alcohol at their normal times of 3am on the morning of Sunday, March 4, or 3.30 am for venues with live entertainment extensions, and comply with their other licence conditions.

“New South Wales Government is pleased to relax the lockout laws as part of its support for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.” Minister Toole said.

“It’s an internationally-renowned event that attracts visitors from all over the world and injects around $40 Million into the New South Wales economy each year.”

“Relaxing the requirements will give people more time to make their way to surrounding venues and events when the parade finishes.”

Minister Toole said New South Wales Police and Liquor & Gaming New South Wales inspectors will be present in the Oxford Street, Kings Cross and Sydney CBD precincts to ensure venues are providing a safe environment for people to celebrate.

NSW Minister for Arts Don Harwin










Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the decision recognises the importance of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as it celebrates an historical milestone.

“City will come alive and this move allows businesses to take full advantage of the influx of the large crowds expected.” Minister Harwin said.

“It’s an important milestone for the LGBTI community and we trust everyone will have a safe evening celebration.”


LGBTI            Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Intersex

NRL                National Rugby League

NSW               New South Wales


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