May 13, 2011

Alcohol Free Zones Extended

Council has decided to extend the alcohol free zones in specific locations at Botany and Eastlakes for another four years. The decision is supported by both community support and requests from our local police officers.
The first of the two zones is in Botany – along both sides of Botany Road between Hickson and Hale streets, both sides of all of Chegwyn Street, both sides of Bay Street between Chegwyn Street and Nilson Lane, Banksia Street between Botany Road and James Bourke Place, in Hale Street from the northern side of Chegwyn Street to Botany Road and in the Botany car park.  

The second zone in Eastlakes begins with the block bounded by Maloney Street, Gardeners Road, Want Street and Macquarie Street; the far side of Macquarie Street, Gardeners Road between Macquarie Street and the south side of Berry Street and the far side of Maloney Street between Gardeners Road and Evans Avenue.  

In the past the alcohol free zones could only be established for three years but following changes in legislation we can now extend them for four years, which is what we’re proposing for the Botany and Eastlakes zones. In the past the alcohol free zones have reduced public disorder and made life better for those who live near hotels.  The extension of the zones is also supported, as I’ve said, by local police.  By having the zones, the police can take proactive action to control disorderly behaviour – again a win for the local community. The Botany and Eastlakes alcohol free zones are now extended for another four years.

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