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Save the date: Keep Sydney Open is rallying together again

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Photograph: Tim da-Rin

Placards at the ready Sydney, anti-lockout protestors will rally once more in support of Keep Sydney Open – the main organisation fighting against the lockout laws. Following yesterday's release of Justice Ian Callinan’s review into the lockout laws, Keep Sydney Open will be holding another rally on Sunday October 9. The rally seeks to "Demand the NSW State Government act to address the damage to vibrancy and the local economy outlined in Justice Callinan’s report."

Keep Sydney Open's Tyson Koh explains, “It’s good to finally hear what Sydneysiders have already known for a long time, that these laws are putting Sydney’s reputation as a dynamic, international city at risk."

While Keep Sydney Open welcomes Mr Callinan’s recommendation to relax the lockout and cease of service times – they've explained that the suggestion of a 30 minute extension in service time is not enough to make a lasting impact on the cultural vitality of Sydney.

Koh says, “A 30 minute extension misses the point, that Sydney wants policy that encourages safe and vibrant nightlife at any time. Major cities around the world can do it and we can too.”

The last rally saw upwards of 8,000 Sydneysiders (Keep Sydney Open suggest the figure was more like 15,000) unite for a peaceful protest in the CBD, which culminated in speeches, music and performances from the likes of Tyson Koh, the Hoodoo Gurus' Dave Faulkner, the Preatures' Isabella Manfredi and Nina Las Vegas.

Look out for more details on location and rally time nearer the date. 

Read more about the Sydney lockouts.

Find out more about Keep Sydney Open.

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