Alcohol banned in council reserves
COFFS Harbour City Council has extended its public holiday alcohol bans for four years.
At their last meeting councillors agreed to continue the 24-hour alcohol prohibition on drinking in council reserves on New Year's Eve 2010 and Australia Day 2011 until 2014 and 2015.
This will make it illegal to drink in the reserves between 6am New Year's Eve and 6am New Year's Day and for 24 hours from 6am on Australia Day.
The councillors also re-estab- lished existing alcohol-free zones until September 2015, including the 24-hour special event alcohol free zone in Howard St for the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Race Day.
The current zones are due to expire next month.
At Woolgoolga, the council added a new alcohol-free zone in the Reserve area between the Woolgoolga Swimming Pool and Beach St after complaints from police over the past two years about alcohol-related incidents there late at night and the early hours of the morning.
Regarding Australia Day 2011, police said this year's event had shown a marked contrast with previous years when intoxication and anti-social behaviour had been the norm.
They also reported more family groups using previous trouble spots such as the Jetty Foreshores Park; Park Beach Reserve and Boronia St at Sawtell on Australia Day.
The restrictions can still be lifted for council-licensed events like the food and wine festival and do not affect outdoor dining, provided restaurants and cafes have an outdoor dining licence.
At Sawtell, the extended prohibitions will apply to Boronia Park, Lyle Rose Memorial RSL Park, Sawtell Surf Club walkway, and the eastern reserve in front of the club and Wonga Park.
In Coffs Harbour it will apply to Diggers Beach Reserve; Jetty Foreshore including the jetty structure; Korora Beach Reserve, Park Beach Reserve at Macauleys; between the Hoey Moey and the Park Beach Bowling Club and at Lower Park Beach as well as at Rotary Park; Shephards Park, Vost Park and the Brelsford Park Adventure Playground and its surrounds.
On the Northern Beaches it will apply to the day picnic areas of Arrawarra Beach Reserve; Emerald Beach Reserve; Mullaway Beach Reserve; Sandy Beach Reserve; Woolgoolga Beach Reserve and North Sapphire Beachfront Reserve.
Permanent 24-hour seven-day-a-week alcohol-free zones include most of the CBD streets in Coffs Harbour, Sawtell and Woolgoolga, plus Jordan Esplanade, Marina Drive and much of Ocean Parade in Coffs Harbour.