Keep up with al­co­hol rules in Mans­field

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

IN the draft of the Amenity, En­vi­ron­ment and Com­mu­nity Pro­tec­tion Lo­cal Law (2017), the Mans­field Shire has pub­lished a map which in­di­cates which pub­lic ar­eas of Mans­field must be al­co­hol free.

The map up­dates the old al­co­hol free zones, which had not been prop­erly de­fined.

“Of course, th­ese zones do not ap­ply to events for which peo­ple have ac­quired per­mits,” Alex Green, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Mans­field Shire, said.

When sur­veyed, many lo­cal res­i­dents were sur­prised at the ex­tent of the area as in­di­cated on the map.

High Street from Apollo and Kitchen streets to the Botanic Park en­try is al­co­hol free, as is Highett Street from the Ford’s Creek end to Ailsa Street.

Nolan Street and Baldry Street are both zero al­co­hol, as are Bank Place, Er­ril Street, Col­lopy Street and Ailsa Street.

In th­ese ar­eas, it is il­le­gal to con­sume or carry an open re­cep­ta­cle con­tain­ing al­co­hol.

It is also il­le­gal on coun­cil land (ex­clud­ing a road vested in or un­der the care and man­age­ment of the coun­cil) be­tween 11pm and 6am.

Mr Green said that penal­ties for break­ing the al­co­hol free zone rules would be ap­plied by the po­lice on a slid­ing scale.

“It will be up to the dis­cre­tion of the po­lice to judge the sever­ity of the of­fence,” Mr Green said.

The fines that ap­ply for breaches of al­co­hol reg­u­la­tions are hefty, based

on unit fig­ures set each year by Vic­to­ria’s Depart­ment of Trea­sury and Fi­nance.

Cur­rently, one unit fine is $158.57, and as in­fringe­ments of the al­co­hol rules in Mans­field at­tract five penalty units, the fine for an of­fence is close to $800.

NO GO: The map which shows the al­co­hol free zones. Sched­ule 1 Al­co­hol Free Zone – Mans­field Town­ship

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