New alcohol-free zone in Barrack Heights

A new alcohol-free zone has come into force at Barrack Heights to combat public drinking.

The new zone covers Wattle Road from Carrington Street to Wallaroo Drive, nearby laneways and footpaths, and Wattle Reserve, expanding the existing prohibited area at Blackbutt Forest Reserve.

The proposed zoning was placed on public exhibition during December and January and no objections were received.

The move follows "ongoing problems" with alcohol-fuelled misbehaviour and fears for community safety, according to Shellharbour City Council staff.

Since December 2011 the council has received several complaints and reports of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour on this site.

Reported behaviour has included daily public consumption of alcohol opposite a childcare centre, drug taking, offensive language, intimidation of local residents, illegal dumping and broken glass and bottles.

The zone will remain in place until at least January 26, 2017.

Shellharbour has 17 alcohol-free areas enforced by police, who can remove alcohol and issue fines for breaches.

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