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Temporary alcohol ban on Hibiscus Coast beaches and reserves

Published: 22 November 2018

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Alcohol banned in Hibiscus Coast parks during 1-2 December.

A temporary alcohol ban has been put in place by Hibiscus and Bays Local Board to cover beach, foreshore and adjoining reserves from Waiwera to Arkles Bay on 1 and 2 December.

Police sought the 48-hour ban after previous Crate Day celebrations on the Hibiscus Coast saw drunkenness, injury, crime, property damage and extensive litter in parks.

Despite police and local board efforts, the only solution has been repeating the 48-hour ban first put in place last year.

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Chair Julia Parfitt says early intervention is key to keeping people safe and preventing property destruction.

“The excessive drinking the event encourages makes it dangerous. Safeguards that are in place at official events don’t exist and because Crate Day doesn’t require a specific location, it can be moved easily to another park using social media," she says.

“Police will be on hand again this year and will act immediately to stop any incidents at locations where the temporary ban is in place.

“We hope the message goes out, with people behaving responsibly and deciding to have a good time at home with their mates.”

Signs advising the ban will be installed at all affected locations.

During summer, nighttime alcohol bans are already in place at most of the locations.