15 December 2022

As festive cheer looms, council reminds residents about CBD booze rules

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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alcohol-free road

Fitzmaurice Street between Travers and Sturt streets is one of the alcohol-free areas. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Wagga Wagga City Council has unanimously supported a report on alcohol-free zones and prohibited areas.

In the lead-up to Christmas and the new year, residents are being urged to note the following CBD area streets and laneways on both sides are bounded by an Alcohol-Free Zone until 21 February, 2027:

  • Travers Street (between Trail and Fitzmaurice streets)
  • Fitzmaurice Street (between Travers and Sturt streets)
  • Cadell Place
  • Tarcutta Street (between Sturt and Morrow streets)
  • Morrow Street (between Tarcutta and O’Reilly streets)
  • O’Reilly Street (between Morrow and Tompson streets)
  • Tompson Street (between O’Reilly and Berry streets)

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  • Berry Street (between Tompson and Morgan streets)
  • Morgan Street (between the Skate Park and Fitzhardinge Street)
  • Fitzhardinge Street (between Morgan and Edward streets)
  • Edward Street (between Fitzhardinge and Peter streets)
  • Flinders Street
  • Station Place
  • Peter Street (between Edward and Morrow streets)
  • Morrow Street (between Peter Street and Ivan Jack Drive)
  • Ivan Jack Drive (between The Esplanade and Johnson Street)
  • Trail Street (between Johnson and Travers streets).
public gardens

The consumption of alcohol is prohibited at Victory Memorial Gardens and the Wollundry Lagoon Amphitheatre between 10 pm and 10 am. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

The council has agreed to ban the consumption of alcohol in the following areas:

  • Victory Memorial Gardens (between 10 pm and 10 am)
  • Wollundry Lagoon Amphitheatre (between 10 pm and 10 am)
  • Tony Ireland Park (at all times)
  • Skate Park area at Bolton Park (at all times).
Alcohol-Free Zone signage

It will cost Wagga Wagga City Council an estimated $1200 to update the Alcohol-Free Zone signage. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

The council also declared that the areas within the proposed zone that are leased to food outlets and which have the necessary permission to serve alcohol be precluded from the Alcohol-Free Zone while they are open for business.

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Director Local Government Janice Summerhayes said the prohibited areas had been “declared with detailed consultation with police about antisocial behaviour in parks in the central area.

It will cost about $1200 to update the Alcohol-Free Zone signage and the council says funds for this have been allocated in the budget.

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