Drink free zone feedback sought

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | August 9th, 2017

RESIDENTS are being encouraged to have their say on the proposed locations of Alcohol Free Zones and Alcohol Prohibited Areas.
Canterbury Bankstown Council administrator Richard Colley says Alcohol Free Zones help reduce anti-social behaviour that occurs as a result of the consumption of alcohol in public places.
"A number of residents have expressed concern, at our Local Safety Forums, regarding the actions of people who have consumed alcohol, particularly in some public parks and reserves."
Ashfield Police Local Area Commander, Assistant Superintendent Brendan Searson, said
issuing fines and dealing with people through the court system was not always the best way to deal with anti-social behaviour.
"Confiscation and disposal powers are pre-emptive," he said.
"Alcohol Free Zones prevent escalation of alcohol-fuelled, anti-social behaviour into more serious crime.
"Police also take into consideration the affect on neighbouring residents, the number of complaints received about suspicious people drinking at the location as well and information received from frontline police. These areas are regularly patrolled by police."
Some of the proposed new locations are: The full length of Broughton Street, from Canterbury Road to the Cooks River, and Jeffery Street, from Canterbury Road to John Street, Canterbury; Campbell Oval and Pat O'Connor Reserve, Canterbury; Croydon Park, Croydon Park; Hughes Park and Girraween Park, Earlwood; and Warwick Reserve, Hurlstone Park.
Residents can have provide feedback on the proposed new locations by visiting

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: news | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 130137 | Viewcount: 17048