The Northern Beaches Council has announced changes to Alcohol Prohibited Areas to make our public spaces safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

What’s new? The Council has added four areas to the list of 24/7 alcohol-free zones: Howard Ave Reserve in Dee Why,Village Park in Mona Vale, Wingara Reserve in Belrose, and the boardwalk at Church Point Reserve.

This decision comes after a review by a committee with police, councillors, community members, and representatives from Parliament. They all agreed that a consistent approach to alcohol rules is key for clear enforcement and keeping our parks and beaches safe.

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins said the changes are designed with community safety in mind.

“Previously, our APAs were inconsistent due to former Council areas having different approaches; however, the police have requested a uniformed approach to provide certainty for them and our rangers as to the restrictions and enforcement,” Mayor Heins said.

“This is a practical way in which Council can assist the police to improve public safety and to reduce alcohol-related incidents ensuring our parks, recreational areas, and public spaces remain safe and enjoyable for all residents.”

Remember, all beaches and most parks are already alcohol-free from 8pm to 8am. New signs will be popping up in key locations to keep everyone informed.

A reminder of the 24 Hour Alcohol Prohibited Areas (APAs) 

Police and our rangers can confiscate and dispose of alcohol in these places. Anyone refusing to co-operate, can be charged with obstruction, carrying penalties up to $2,200. The following Council parks, reserves and beaches are declared as 24 hour APAs.

  • Berry Reserve (between Wellington Street and Loftus Street), Narrabeen
  • Church Point Reserve Boardwalk (that part adjoining Crown Land at 1860 Pittwater Road), Church Point
  • East Esplanade Park promenade, Manly
  • Gilbert Park, Manly
  • Howard Avenue Reserve, Dee Why
  • Ivanhoe Park (including Manly Oval), Manly
  • Kangaroo Park, Manly
  • Keirle Park, Manly
  • Lagoon Park, Manly
  • Lagoon Street (park area at the north end), Narrabeen
  • Little Manly Reserve, Manly
  • Marine Parade, Manly
  • North Steyne Reserve, Manly
  • Queenscliff Headland Reserve, Queenscliff
  • Shelly Beach Reserve, Manly
  • South Steyne Reserve, Manly
  • Thomas Stephens Reserve, Church Point
  • Village Park, Mona Vale
  • Walter Gors Park, Dee Why
  • West Esplanade Reserve, Manly
  • Wingara Reserve, Belrose
  • All Beaches (ocean and inner waterways)

Take a look at the council website for more detailed information about alcohol-free zones and alcohol prohibited areas.

So grab your sunscreen and frisbee, not your beer, and head out to enjoy the beautiful Northern Beaches!

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