Acknowledging Newtown Electorate Small Bars

Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown, acknowledged the courage and resilience of small bars in the Newtown Electorate.

"I draw the attention of the Parliament to the ongoing struggle and resilience of the small bars in the electorate of Newtown and acknowledge their courage during this very difficult time. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the small bar scene in Newtown, Surry Hills, Redfern, Erskineville, Enmore, Stanmore, Camperdown and Petersham was second to none. But as our city went into lockdown as a result of COVID it was the small bar scene that responded first. It had to pivot to new models and maintain the vibrancy of our neighbourhoods, serving up signature cocktails through windows to walk‑by customers and creating at-home options for their delicious goods to keep us going through these tough times. Sadly, the very nature of these small bars means that during the pandemic the restrictions have forced them to adapt and they are doing it tough. I give an absolute shout-out to all those running and working in small bars. I say they are a much-loved part of our inner-city night-time. Let us make sure we do all we can to keep them healthy and get them through these tough times."

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