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Re-establishment and establishment of Alcohol-Free Zones

By Central Coast Council
Posted: 4 Jun 2024
Central Coast Council are undertaking a review of Alcohol-Free Zones across the region, and is proposing to re-establish existing Alcohol-Free Zones, with proposed locations on public exhibition for a period of 30 days.

If warranted, new locations may be considered and approved for implementation. The establishment of any Alcohol-Free Zones must be in accordance with the Department of Local Government – Ministerial Guidelines on Alcohol-Free Zones.

Alcohol-Free Zones aim to reduce alcohol related crime, violence, and anti-social behaviour in identified locations to help create a safer environment for the whole community.

An Alcohol-Free Zone relates to public roads, car parks and footpaths, however, these zones will not restrict outdoor dining licences where Council approval has been granted.

Council Director of Infrastructure Services, Michael Ross said establishing Alcohol-Free Zones is an important step to ensure community safety within our public places, streets, and neighbourhoods.

“Alcohol-Free Zones have been shown to decrease incidents of public disturbances, alcohol-fuelled violence, and damage to property. This initiative is vital for the well-being of our community.

"Residents are invited to provide their feedback on the proposed locations." Mr Ross Said

The zones will be in place for a four (4) year period and Council is currently seeking feedback from the community regarding the establishment of Alcohol-Free Zones in the following suburbs:

Avoca Beach; Bateau Bay; Berkeley Vale; Budgewoi; Chain Valley Bay; Copacabana; Empire Bay; Ettalong Beach; Gosford; Gwandalan; Killarney Vale; Kincumber; Kulnura; Lake Haven; Lake Munmorah; Long Jetty; Mannering Park; Narara; Niagara Park; Norah Head; Ourimbah; Patonga; Pearl Beach; San Remo; Saratoga; Shelly Beach; Summerland Point; Terrigal; The Entrance; The Entrance North; Toowoon Bay; Toukley; Umina Beach; Wadalba; Wamberal; Woy Woy and Wyong.

Central Coast Council Administrator, Rik Hart said the establishment of Alcohol-Free Zones is part of our broader strategy to promote safety and well-being across the region. 

“We are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all residents and visitors. Re-establishing Alcohol-Free Zones is a key part of this commitment.,” Mr Hart said. 

"By consulting with the community and adhering to the Ministerial Guidelines, we aim to effectively address areas of concern and enhance public safety of the entire region."

A complete list of the specific locations, as well as a collection of maps for proposed Alcohol-Free Zones is available to view at here

You can submit your feedback by email to ; by post to PO Box 20, Wyong NSW 2259 addressed to Engineering Services (this must be lodged within 30 days of 4 June 2024).


For further information on the above or any other enquiries please contact Madalaine Anderson 4306 7900

 
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