Residents of Kings Cross, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Woolloomooloo
The following letter by 2011RA member Rebecca Wright was published in the Wentworth Courier on the 8th May 2012/
Ms Matthews’ comment that “the council is yet to see evidence that lockouts would work” is typically disingenuous. Council cannot either provide any evidence that lockouts would NOT work. (In fact, they have been shown to work in Newcastle.) It is very much worth trying, as are all the other suggestions in “Five ideas for a safer Kings Cross”.
But, it is difficult to imagine any permanent fix from such symptomatic relief measures.
How could there be when the fundamental formula for this “entertainment precinct”, which we seemingly just have to have and have to have here, is fundamentally flawed.
A formula which brings 20,000 people to a postage stamp-sized residential community containing 300 licensed premises every weekend night is madness.
The chronic pleas from residents and police and other emergency workers over the years, and plain common sense, confirm that.
Kings Cross will never be a place this city or state can be proud of until serious deconstruction takes place. And after that, some equally serious rebranding of this area as the residential district which it is.
It is viewed by too many as a place to come and engage in excess alcohol, drugs, violence and, worse, recognised by organised criminals as their ‘work station’.