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Yarra is alcohol-free this New Year’s Eve

10 December 2014

Yarra City Council is encouraging a safe and relaxed “alcohol-free” celebration of New Year’s Eve in its public parks and open spaces this holiday period.

Under a local law introduced for New Year’s Eve, consuming alcohol in Yarra’s public parks will not be permitted from 9pm, Tuesday 30 December 2014 through to 9am, Thursday 1 January 2015.

Council is also encouraging visitors to keep glass out of the parks on this night to avoid the possibility of broken glass in the grass, and to remember that amplified music is also prohibited under local laws.

Yarra Mayor Cr Phillip Vlahogiannis said the alcohol-free local law would help to prevent unsafe and disrespectful use of Yarra’s public spaces this New Year’s Eve.

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

“We want to ensure our community can enjoy a safe and relaxed celebration in our parks, especially in Edinburgh Gardens, which has always been popular spot for gatherings,” he said.

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

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

“Police and local laws officers will be in attendance throughout New Year’s Eve to inform people about our local laws and to enforce them. 

“Council has a responsibility to protect its public spaces and maintain safe and community-friendly areas. 

“Our community has told us that it wants an environment where people can see in the New Year free of alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour.  We have listened to our community.”

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

Bans have also been introduced in areas where there have been major incidents on New Year’s Eve in the past including Bass Coast (Phillip Island and Inverloch), Mornington Peninsula (Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento and Portsea) and Surf Coast Shire (Lorne and Torquay).

Yarra Council introduced the ban on alcohol consumption in public places on New Year’s Eve after issues with anti-social behaviour, vandalism, graffiti and littering at Edinburgh Gardens last year on New Year’s Eve.

In response, Council established a Community Reference Group to consider how to best plan for New Year’s Eve 2014/15 at Edinburgh Gardens.

The group agreed on five key principles for New Year’s Eve celebrations, including a strong focus on safety and compliance, inclusive celebrations, respect for the park, proper planning and creative solutions.

In considering this Council subsequently resolved to declare all public parks and open spaces in Yarra alcohol free on New Year’s Eve.

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Bernadette Collins
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