Success in the city sees alcohol control laws heading rural

SUCCESS with tightening alcohol laws in Sydney's city centre has the NSW Government looking further afield in ways to crack down on drunken violence.

On top of lock-out laws and tougher one-punch murder penalties, a blanket ban on inner-Sydney bars serving alcohol shots was introduced last year.

Now the government is introducing a new tool for smaller communities to follow suit on a voluntary basis.

Justice Minister Troy Grant wants towns across NSW to create local liquor accords - even going as far as enacting all-day bans on shots, where necessary.

The new Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing resource will allow communities and existing liquor action groups to share strategies and ideas to fight alcohol-fuelled violence.

About 140 liquor accords are already active across the state, bringing together licensees, councils and police to agree on safe and responsible measures to limit anti-social behaviour.

They allow communities to respond to local circumstances without regulatory intervention.

"Some of the accords employ a range of effective measures, tailored to a particular community, including banning outlaw motorcycle gang clothing, all-day bans on shooters and shots and subsidising bus and taxi transport," Mr Grant said.

Alcohol-related, non-domestic assaults fell an average of 8.4% a year across NSW in the three years to September.

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