Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is advising the community of road closures and alcohol free zones over the Australia Day weekend.
A temporary road closure will be in place due to Australia Day celebrations at Town Green in Port Macquarie on Sunday, January 26.
The northern end of Horton Street (Town Square) will be closed from 6am on Sunday, January 26 until 5.30pm.
People are asked to remove their vehicles before 6am on Horton Street on Sunday, January 26. Vehicles that remain in the Town Square after this time will not be accessible until after 5.30pm and might be subject to a fine.
Council says the road closures will be signposted.
Alcohol free zones are already in place on public roads, footpaths and car parks.
These zones are developed as an early intervention measure to prevent the escalation of irresponsible street drinking to incidents involving serious crime.
Council approved footpath alfresco dining areas are not included within the alcohol-free zones. These areas are clearly delineated by signs.
Within Port Macquarie-Hastings area the enforcement of alcohol-free zones alcohol-prohibited zones is the responsibility of the NSW Police force.
Coupled with the alcohol free zones, council has also introduced alcohol prohibition zones at all parks, reserves and sports fields across the local government area between 9pm and noon.
Council has also established an alcohol prohibition period from 9pm January 25 to noon January 27.
There are currently no current alcohol free zones in either Wauchope or Laurieton CBDs.
Council has developed alcohol free zones - along with other strategies - to promote a culture of safety.
In the Port Macquarie-Hastings some of the other strategies that have been developed include:
- 1am lockout of licensed premises
- An active Liquor Accord with a strong local membership
- Secure Taxi Rank in the CBD
Police and Rangers enforce alcohol free zones and have the power to confiscate alcohol from those found with open alcohol.
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