Locked out in... Mel­bourne

Time Out (Sydney) - - LOCKOUTS - Rose Johnstone, Time Out Mel­bourne

Back in 2008, Mel­bourne tri­alled a 2am lock­out that was sim­i­lar to Syd­ney’s. Three months on, there was a very pal­pa­ble fear that we were los­ing the things that made us proud of our city: a strong live mu­sic cul­ture and a thriv­ing bar and restau­rant scene, for a start. Eight years (and no more lock­outs) later and Mel­bourne is on its way to be­com­ing a 24-hour city mod­elled on cul­tural cen­tres like Ber­lin and New York. Pub­lic trans­port runs all night on week­ends, restau­rants are open into the small hours and our ma­jor arts in­sti­tu­tions run oc­ca­sional all-nighters. If we’d had to close our doors at 1.30pm per­ma­nently, Mel­bourne would be a com­pletely dif­fer­ent place to live. I would want my old Mel­bourne back.

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