New alcohol bans for Coffs Harbour

BEACH reserves and parks across the Coffs Harbour area are to be alcohol-free for 24 hours on New Year’s Eve 2010 and Australia Day 2011 at the request of the NSW Police.

Sergeant Greg Peronchik of the Coffs/ Clarence Crime Management Unit requested council enact the booze ban.

“New Year’s Eve and Australia Day have evolved into occasions requiring a significant police response,” he said.

“Planning for the events has been refined to the degree that the identified risks have been managed through a largely reactive allocation of police resources to problem locations.”

A 28-day public exhibition of the proposal drew six submissions with just two against it.

The 23 beach reserves and parks from Sawtell to Arrawarra currently subject to 9pm-9am alcohol curfews will be placed under a 24-hour ban on New Year’s Eve and Australia Day.

The prohibition makes it illegal for anyone to bring in, or consume, alcohol at these reserves from 6am until 6am on both days.

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