Popular Cronulla nightspot taken off state government watch list

The Fusion Nightclub is a popular venue for late night revellers. Picture: Fusion, Facebook
The Fusion Nightclub is a popular venue for late night revellers. Picture: Fusion, Facebook

Fusion nightclub at Cronulla has been removed from the state government's latest list of violent venues.

Fusion was named on the NSW Government's half-yearly violent venues list last November following 12 incidents at the nightclub.

Venues with 12 or more incidents make the list (level two), while those recording 18 or more incidents classed as level one.

The number of licensed premises on the NSW Government's violent venues list has halved from 12 to six in the past six months, with no venues in the most restrictive level one category.

There were six venues classified as level two: Ivy (Sydney) 16; The Coast Hotel (Coffs Habour) 13; Belmore Hotel (Maitland) 12; Ivanhoe Hotel (Manly) 12; Penrith Rugby League Club Ltd (Penrith) 12; The Argyle Sydney (The Rocks) 12.

Venues on the list face strict conditions and increased monitoring by Liquor & Gaming NSW.

Venues removed from the list were : Fusion (Cronulla), The Sunken Monkey Hotel (Erina); Sydney Junction Hotel (Hamilton); Amaroo Hotel (Dubbo); Narellan Hotel (Narellan); King Street Hotel (Newcastle West); Beach Road Hotel (Bondi); Camden Hotel (Camden); Sugar Lounge (Manly).

The Fusion nightclub in Cronulla. Picture: John Veage

The Fusion nightclub in Cronulla. Picture: John Veage

Liquor & Gaming NSW Deputy Secretary Paul Newson said these latest results are the best in several years and part of a long-term downward trend in the level of violent incidents.

"Our state's hotels, clubs and bars recognise that running a violent venue is not just bad for patrons; it's also bad for business," Mr Newson said.

"For just the second time since the scheme began in 2008, there are no venues in the highest level one category, while the number of level two venues has fallen from 10 to six.

"These results indicate our state's licensed venues are now safer than they've ever been.

"It's great news that people can enjoy night outs with far lower risk of alcohol-related violence."

Party central. Picture: Fusion, Facebook

Party central. Picture: Fusion, Facebook

Mr Newson said the violent venues and three strikes schemes have motivated industry to do better and maintained downward pressure on alcohol-related violence.

Data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research shows alcohol-related non-domestic assaults have been dropping at around seven per cent per annum.

"This continuing decline and the removal of nine venues from the latest list show this longer-term trend is continuing," Mr Newson said.