Alcohol Prohibited Areas and Alcohol Free Zones
Community safety

Council has looked at options available for dealing with behavioural changes associated with the excessive consumption of alcohol. These changes may lead to vandalism, violence and anti social behaviour.

To assist in dealing with alcohol related problems in public areas such as parks, roads, public carparks and footpaths, Council has allocated:

  • Alcohol Prohibited Areas (APAs), and
  • Alcohol Free Zone (AFZs).

The establishment of Alcohol Prohibited Areas and Alcohol Free Zones requires extensive public consultation to be undertaken with community members, licensed premises, NSW Police and the Anti-Discrimination Board.

Know the signs and avoid the fines.

What are the differences between Alcohol Prohibited Areas (APAs) and Alcohol Free Zones (AFZs)?

Alcohol Prohibited Areas

What are they?

Alcohol Prohibited Areas are generally parks, sporting fields and children's playgrounds. It is illegal to consume alcohol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week whilst being in these areas.

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

You can receive an on the spot fine if you are found drinking in an APA and have your alcohol confiscated.

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:

  • Kempsey
  • West Kempsey
  • South Kempsey
  • Crescent Head
  • Frederickton/Smithtown/Gladstone
  • South West Rocks
  • Willawarrin

More information

Alcohol Free Zones

What are they?

Alcohol Free Zones are streets, footpaths or car parks where it is illegal to consume alcohol 24 hours a day, 7 days a 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 you can be given a fine and have the alcohol confiscated.

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:

  • Kempsey CBD
  • West Kempsey CBD
  • West Kempsey
  • Greenhill
  • South Kempsey
  • Crescent Head
  • Hat Head
  • South West Rocks
  • Smithtown

More information

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:

Alcohol Prohibited sign
  • Pioneer Park, Gladstone
  • Memorial Park, Gladstone
  • Grassy Head Caravan Park, Grassy Head
  • Hat Head Reserve, Hat Head
  • Stuarts Point Caravan Park, Stuarts Point
  • Crescent Head Caravan Park, Crescent Head
  • Baker Drive Reserve, Crescent Head
  • Rotary Park, Jerseyville
  • Chapel Park, Kempsey
  • Yakka Watson Park, Smithtown
  • Riverside Park, Smithtown
  • Horseshoe Bay Reserve, South West Rocks
  • Willawarrin Rodeo Ground, Willawarrin
  • Blackbird Flat Camping Ground, Blackbird Flat

Please note: Consumption of alcohol is only permitted in these areas between the hours of 11am and 7pm.

NSW Police Officers enforce these areas.