Alcohol Prohibited Areas and Alcohol Free Zones
Alcohol Free Zones commence 25 September 2019

Council supports a comprehensive approach in tackling alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour in public spaces. This includes having Alcohol Prohibited Areas (APAs) and Alcohol Free Zones (AFZs). Having identified locations assists in creating a safer environment for our residents, businesses and visitors.

The establishment of APAs and AFZs requires extensive public engagement to be undertaken with community members, licensed premises, NSW Police and the Anti-Discrimination Board.

What are the differences between Alcohol Prohibited Areas and Alcohol Free Zones?

Alcohol Prohibited Areas

What are they?

Alcohol Prohibited Areas are generally parks, sporting fields and children's playgrounds.

There are 2 types of Alcohol Prohibited Areas in the shire:

  • Alcohol prohibited at all times - it is illegal to consume alcohol 24 hoursr per day/7 days per week, whilst in these areas.
  • Alcohol prohibited between 7pm and 11am daily - it is illegal to consume alcohol between these hours, whilst in these areas.

What happens if you are found drinking alcohol in these areas?

You will be given a warning and the chance to stop drinking. If you continue to drink in an APA your alcohol can be confiscated/tipped out. If you do not cooperate with Police, you may receive a fine for obstruction.

Who enforces these rules?

NSW Police Officers enforce these rules.

Alcohol Prohibited Areas in Kempsey Shire

No Alcohol sign

Council has a number of Alcohol Prohibited Areas established in:

  • Blackbird Flat
  • Crescent Head
  • East Kempsey
  • Frederickton
  • Gladstone
  • Grassy Head
  • Hat Head
  • Jerseyville
  • Kempsey
  • Smithtown
  • South Kempsey
  • South West Rocks
  • Stuarts Point
  • West Kempsey
  • Willawarrin

Alcohol Free Zones

What are they?

Alcohol Free Zones are road, footpaths or public car parks where it is illegal to consume alcohol 24 hours per day/7 days per week

What happens if you are found drinking alcohol in these areas?

You will be given a warning and the chance to stop drinking. If you continue to drink in an AFZ your alcohol can be confiscated/tipped out. If you do not cooperate with Police, you may receive a fine for obstruction.

Who enforces these rules?

NSW Police Officers enforce these areas.

Alcohol Free Zones in Kempsey Shire

Alcohol Free Zone sign

Council has a number of Alcohol Free Zones established in:

  • Crescent Head CBD 
  • Greenhill residential area 
  • Hat Head (Special event: 1 December-31 January) 
  • Kempsey CBD
  • Smithtown
  • South Kempsey residential area 
  • South West Rocks CBD 
  • West Kempsey CBD 
  • West Kempsey residential area

Areas where alcohol can be consumed

Where can the public consume alcohol? (e.g. special events)

Council has numerous day visitor parks where alcohol can be consumed between the hours of 11am and 7pm only:

Alcohol Prohibited sign
  • Blackbird Flat Camping Ground, Blackbird Flat
  • Crescent Head Holiday Park Reserve - Day visitor area
  • Baker Drive Reserve, Crescent Head
  • Pioneer Park, Gladstone
  • Memorial Park, Gladstone
  • Grassy Head Holiday Park Reserve - Day visitor area
  • Hat Head Holiday Park Reserve - Day visitor area
  • Rotary Park, Jerseyville
  • Yakka Watson Park, Smithtown
  • Riverside Park, Smithtown
  • Horseshoe Bay Reserve, South West Rocks
  • Stuarts Point Holiday Park Reserve - Day visitor area
  • Willawarrin Sports Field and Rodeo Ground, Willawarrin

NSW Police Officers enforce these areas.