The object of alcohol-free zones is an early intervention measure to prevent the escalation of irresponsible street drinking to incidents involving serious crime.
The drinking of alcohol is prohibited in an alcohol-free zone that has been established by a council. Public places that are public roads, footpaths or public car-parks may be included in a zone. Alcohol-free zones promote the use of these roads, footpaths and car-parks in safety and without interference from irresponsible street drinkers.
Council approved footpath alfresco dining areas are not included within the alcohol-free zones. These areas are clearly delineated by Council placed footpath markers. However businesses operating outside of these markers will expose their patrons to the regulatory provisions.
To validly establish an alcohol-free zone a council must comply with the procedures in sections 644
of the Local Government Act 1993
) and the Ministerial Guidelines on Alcohol-Free Zones (Guidelines), 2009
Within Tweed Shire the enforcement of alcohol-free zones is the responsibility of the NSW Police Force. The power to seize and tip out or otherwise dispose of alcohol without the need to issue a warning applies within an alcohol-free zone.
Council has established alcohol-free zones in;
- Tweed Heads
- Tweed Heads South
- Cabarita Beach