It didn't get a lot of fanfare, but NSW Parliament passed a pretty important piece of legislation this year which will essentially change the face of the city we love. The Liquor Amendment (24-hour Economy) Bill 2020 removes red tape and unnecessary costs from venues, making it easier for venues to have live music and allowing minors into small bars in certain circumstances, thus making them a more welcoming environment for families. We're on board with any moves that help to renergise the city – especially after the year we've all had.
The headlines have been mostly portents of doom this past year, but there are definitely some sunny stories that you might have missed, too. We've rounded them up for you: from gay penguin dads to international accolades for warmth and hospitality to not one but two First Nations winners of the most prestigious art awards in the country.