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.
Current Alcohol Free Zones
Alcohol Free Zones in the following areas commenced on 1 April 2014 and are in place for four years:
Trim Place, Gladesville
West Ryde Railway / Bus Interchange
Meadowbank, encompassing Bowden Street and Bay Drive in the vicinity of Meadowbank Wharf
An Alcohol Free Zone in Eastwood Town Centre commenced on 1 July 2014 and is in place for four years. The Alcohol Free Zone is located within the boundary outlined below.
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 consults with Ryde Local Area Command in determining whether the implementation of an Alcohol Free Zone is an appropriate means of addressing alcohol related crime such as assault and malicious damage, as well as anti-social behaviour and under-age drinking.