Emergency service workers are concerned about a plan to jump-start Sydney's nightlife and economy nearly five years after the state government introduced strict lockout laws.
City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore on Tuesday unveiled a draft plan to ease planning controls by extending 24-hour trading across the city centre, allowing shops and businesses on main streets to trade until 2am, and new late-night zones in growing areas such as Barangaroo and Green Square.
The Lord Mayor said the proposal would be a "renaissance" for Sydney, its cultural life and music industry.
While the council will consider the proposals on November 19, changes to trading hours of venues which sell alcohol will be subject to the NSW government's lockout laws.
A spokesperson for the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Paul Toole said the government always welcomes ideas to bolster the city's night time economy.
The lockout laws were introduced in 2014 following two one-punch deaths and other alcohol-fuelled violence in Sydney.
A 2016 review of the laws found alcohol-fuelled violence had reduced in King's Cross and CBD.
Emergency service workers who are part of the Last Drinks campaign have voiced their concerns over the proposal which they say could spread alcohol-related violence to residential parts of the city.
Campaign spokesman Tony Sara said rates of alcohol-related violence "skyrocket" when trading hours for bars and restaurants were extended.
The proposal has been welcomed by anti-lockout group Keep Sydney Open which said anything to reverse the lockout laws is a step in the right direction but warned alcohol regulations should also be lifted by the state government.