Game changer for Rugby League World Cup final

Minister for Hospitality and Racing

Rugby League fans across the State will be able to cheer on the green and gold this Sunday morning, with the NSW Government approving extended trading hours for pubs and clubs showing the World Cup final between Australia and Samoa live.

Minister for Hospitality and Racing Kevin Anderson said fans will be the big winners as they watch the Kangaroos in action on venues’ big screens, with the temporary extension of trading hours between 2am and 6am.

“The special event trading for this Sunday’s World Cup final is a great result for fans and venues, giving everyone a chance to watch the game live on a big screen with friends and family at their local pub or club,” Mr Anderson said.

Mr Anderson said as well as being a win for fans, the extended trading hours will create more opportunities for businesses in the hospitality sector.

“Supporting our night-time industries, including trading hour extensions for special events, is a key priority of the NSW Government,” Mr Anderson said.

“Since 2021, the NSW Government has implemented year-round trading hours extensions during major sporting and cultural events, helping to boost the 24-Hour Economy, create jobs and breathe life into the local nightlife.”

The extended trading hours apply only to drinks sold on premises, not takeaway alcohol sales.

Venues already approved to trade during or beyond the extended hours can operate as usual.

Hotels and clubs must still comply with any individual trading restrictions or other special conditions that apply to their liquor licence.

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