Nambucca booze ban

NAMBUCCA Shire Council has unanimously approved the establishment of a new alcohol-free zone (AFZ) in Nambucca Heads.

The zone will cover the area surrounding the Nambucca Shire Visitor Information Centre and is adjacent to the proposed BWS drive–through liquor outlet just off the Pacific Highway in Riverside Drive.

Reports tabled to council pointed to on-going vandalism, anti-social behaviour and alcohol consumption being a major problem for the community and police in the area of Bellwood bounded by the highway and Woodbell Street.

In a letter to council supporting the new zone, the head of the local police command, Superintendent Peter Thurtell, wrote that Nambucca Heads has one of the highest levels of street drinking on the Mid North Coast.

“The subject area is one that justifies the implementation of an AFZ due to a number of recorded assaults, violence-related incidents and malicious damage offences. Also the area is situated on the Pacific Highway, which has a high volume of traffic all year round,” Supt Thurtell wrote.

The zoning will apply 24 hours a day. Its declaration will empower police to issue infringement notices to drinkers and tip out any alcohol found.

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