Crackdown for Coffs Cup

IF you are planning on attending this year's Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Carnival you had better be on your best behaviour with the introduction of strict new regulations.

Working with the police, the Coffs Harbour Racing Club has introduced a number of measures, including alcohol-free areas and age restrictions, to assist in its responsible serving of alcohol obligations.

Coffs Harbour City Council has approved an application from the club to make Howard Street a 24-hour alcohol-free zone for the carnival.

The racing club and licensing police believe with an expected Cup crowd of 12,000, an alcohol-free zone will reduce anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime.

The ban will be effective from 9am on August 2.

Chief Executive of the club, Russ Atkinson said last year the club placed restrictions on the entry of under-18-year-olds on Coffs Cup Day, allowing entry only if they were with a responsible adult.

"Due to the demands of our licence, the club will this year tighten up even more on under age entry on Cup Day. No under-18 person will be permitted onto the course without being in the direct company of a parent," he said.

"As the day winds down the club will also place a greater emphasis on its mid-strength and low-alcohol products in its public areas and will provide a range of food items at its exits."

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