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Yarra’s parks and public spaces to go alcohol-free on New Year’s Eve

16 December 2015

Yarra City Council is encouraging safe and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations this holiday period, by making local parks, streets and public areas alcohol and glass free zones.

Under a local law introduced last year especially for New Year’s Eve, consuming alcohol in Yarra’s public parks will not be permitted from 9pm on Wednesday 30 December 2015 until 9am Friday 1 January 2016.

Amplified music in public areas is also prohibited under local laws and people are encouraged to leave glass at home on the night.

Yarra Mayor Cr Roberto Colanzi said the alcohol-free local law would help to prevent unsafe and antisocial behaviour, and promote an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere in Yarra’s public spaces on New Year’s Eve.

“New Year’s Eve is a special occasion and should be able to be enjoyed by everyone,” Cr Colanzi said.

“We want to ensure our community can enjoy hassle-free celebrations in our parks, especially Edinburgh Gardens which has always been popular,” he said.

“Extra bins, toilets, lighting and event staff will be provided in Edinburgh Gardens and some of our other popular parks, for people who come along to enjoy an alcohol-free celebration.

“For the first time, there will be artistic light projections near the rotunda area of Edinburgh Gardens from sundown until midnight, both to provide additional lighting and help create a community-friendly atmosphere.

 “Visitors are welcome to enjoy our parks, but there will be zero tolerance for anti-social behaviour.

“Police will be patrolling the streets and Council’s Local Laws officers will be visiting all of Yarra’s parks throughout New Year’s Eve to inform people about the laws, enforce the alcohol ban and encourage positive crowd behaviour.

“Council has a responsibility to ensure our parks, gardens, local streets and public places are safe and accessible for the whole community and that we have appropriate strategies in place to manage risk. We are working closely with Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and other agencies to ensure our approach is coordinated,” Cr Colanzi said. 

This is the second year that the alcohol ban has been applied in Yarra on New Year’s Eve. Last year, the ban was successfully implemented with no reports of major alcohol-related incidents occurring in local parks.

Yarra Council joins a number of councils across the city that have banned alcohol in public places on New Year’s Eve including Melbourne, Port Phillip and Maribyrnong. 



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