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.

Proposed Alcohol Free Zones

Alcohol Free Zones in the following areas expired on 1 November 2013:

  • Trim Place, Gladesville
  • West Ryde Railway/Bus Interchange
  • Meadowbank, encompassing Bowden Street and Bay Drive in the vicinity of Meadowbank Wharf.

Following a request from Gladesville Local Area Command, Council has proposed that Alcohol Free Zones be re-established in these three locations for a duration of four years to provide a continued deterrant to alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour. The public is invited to submit comments on the proposal until Friday 20 December 2013.

Current Alcohol Free Zones

An Alcohol Free Zone in Eastwood Town Centre commenced on 1 July 2011 and is in place for 3 years. The Alcohol Free Zone is located within the boundary outlined below.

Eastwood Town Centre Alcohol Free Zone map

Background

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 Alcohol Free Zones to provide a deterrent to these behaviours in the proposed areas.

 

Page Last Updated: 18 March 2013

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