Alcohol Free Zones
Alcohol Free Zones (AFZ) are in place in Wardell, Alstonville, Ballina and Lennox Head 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Alcohol is not permitted to be consumed in areas that have been declared an AFZ. These areas consist of roads, footpaths and public car parks as shown on the maps below.
All sports fields and surrounding reserves in Ballina Shire are Alcohol Prohibited areas (APZ). This declaration makes sporting events more family friendly. It assists sports clubs in meeting their licencing obligations by ensuring the only alcohol that is consumed at a sporting event is purchased from the licensed bar and consumed in the licensed area.
Public Roads, Footpaths and Public Car Parks
It is an offence to consume alcohol in a declared Alcohol Free Zone in Ballina Shire at any time of the day or night. Police may confiscate alcohol and dispose of it after providing a warning.
Alcohol Free Zones can only be created on public roads, footpaths and in public car parks. Alcohol Free Zones are created in accordance with the Ministerial Guidelines 2009 for Alcohol Free Zones which are issued under section 646(1) of the Local Government Act 1993.
Parks and Reserves
It is an offence to consume alcohol in any park or reserve in Ballina Shire between 10.00pm and 7.00am.
This prohibition on Crown and Council land is made under Section 156 of the Crown Lands Act 1989 and Section 632 of the Local Government Act 1993.
- Guidelines for the Regulation of Alcohol on Public Land (extract and maps from the Use of Public Land Handbook)
- Policy A02 - Alcohol Regulation on Public Land
- Department of Local Government Ministerial Guidelines on Alcohol - Free Zones (pdf)
- Department of Local Government - Amendments to LG (pdf)