Alcohol Free Zones
What are Alcohol Free Zones?
The aim of Alcohol Free Zones is to reduce alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour in identified locations and to promote the use of public roads and car parks (on public or Crown land) in safety, without interference from irresponsible street drinkers.
Police Officers may request offenders to cease consumption of alcohol and may confiscate the alcohol and issue an infringement notice.
Alcohol Free Zones commenced in the following areas on 1 November 2010 and will be in place for 3 years:
- Trim Place, Gladesville
- West Ryde Railway/Bus Interchange
- Meadowbank Wharf, encompassing Bowden Street and Bay Drive
Council can establish Alcohol Free Zones under Section 646, of the Local Government Act 1993 and in accordance with NSW Ministerial Guidelines. Council is required to comply with the procedures outlined in the Guidelines and the legislation in relation to the proposal to establish Alcohol Free Zones.
Council received a request from the Gladesville Local Area Command for Alcohol Free Zones to be reestablished within the City of Ryde jurisdiction and the Gladesville Local Area Command. NSW Police outlined the success of previous Alcohol Free Zones in the proposed locations. NSW Police indicated that despite gains in minimising and preventing alcohol related crimes in these areas, alcohol remains is a factor for crimes such as malicious damage and anti-social behaviour with an occurrence of under-age drinking.
It was considered appropriate to establish an Alcohol Free Zone to provide a deterrent to these behaviours in the proposed areas.
Page Last Updated: 18 March 2013