The government is proposing to introduce a 3am drinking ban and an increase in licensing fees which is being branded as “lock out laws in disguise,” by the group campaigning against them Keep Canberra Open.
Keep Canberra Open is set to take their campaign to the streets with a rally on Saturday 30th July to bring attention to policies laid out in Building On Liquor Reform: White Paper issued by ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell.
Keep Canberra Open believe, “The changes will cause long-term damage to the vibrancy and culture of the city and huge losses of jobs of young Canberrans.”
A petition started by Keep Canberra Open has garnered 7,000 signatures and will be handed to the government at the conclusion of the rally.
“Meeting at Garema Place, the rally will then make its way to Civic Square where will we hear from key speakers and hand deliver our petition to the assembly,” the group wrote in the Facebook event.
“Along the way we will pass many of the venues that will close if this new legislation passes.”
Local boys Peking Duk have thrown their support after also being vocal about the Sydney lockout laws. They recorded a video telling ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr that he’s, “gone too far”.
The rally will feature speeches and performances by notable personalities in the weeks leading up to the event. It’s due to go down from 12pm, Saturday 30th July and you can check out all the details here.