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Lake Macquarie Council to establish special entertainment precincts

Lake Macquarie Council will be able to establish special entertainment precincts as part of a NSW Government pilot program aimed at boosting live music and performance.

“This is a great initiative to help our live music industry and hospitality sector to get back on their feet following the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said.

Lake Macquarie is one of just three councils that will take part in the pilot program alongside City of Sydney and Inner West.

Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said supporting venues to put on more live music and performance was a core component of the Government’s recent nighttime economy and liquor reforms.

“The NSW Government’s nighttime economy reforms have been heralded by the live music industry as nation-leading. That’s because they are based on providing incentives, streamlining approval processes and taking a data-driven approach to regulation,” Mr Dominello said.

“By supporting initiatives such as Special Entertainment Precincts we are facilitating opportunities for the next generation of musicians and live entertainers.”

Mr Dominello said live music and performance venues were eligible for an 80 per cent discount on their annual liquor licence fees, providing a saving into the thousands of dollars for many licensed venues.

Under the Local Government Act 1993, councils may establish a Special Entertainment Precinct in an area by amending its local environmental plan to identify the special entertainment precinct, with trials commencing in early 2022.