Keep up with alcohol rules in Mansfield
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